CCC Challenge: Curie for Chemistry

in my hometown the local parliament forbid to name a school after Madame Curie – they are so stupid!

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“A woman of courage, conviction and yes, contradictions…”    — Julie Des Jardin

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Madame Curie (1867-1934) won the Nobel Prize twice. She was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 with her husband and the second in 1911.  Against all the odds, including traveling from Poland to Paris to get education, she earned a PhD in physics, and Professors declared thather dissertation was the greatest single contribution to science ever written.


Julie Des Jardins, the author “The Passion of Madame Curie” (the Smithsonian 2011 October issue), told a story; when Curie was married in 1895 to Pierre Curie, a physicist, she donned a blue cotton dress that was practical enough to wear in the lab after the ceremony. And, her lab was in a dilapidated shed with broken windows and poor ventilation. Irene, her daughter, was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1935.

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3 responses to “CCC Challenge: Curie for Chemistry

  1. This is a great post. We do need more young women in the sciences, and thus more role models.


    • in my hometown, Tish, the local parliament forbid to name a school after Madame Curie – they are so stupid! The idea of the school director was to motivate his many female scholars – but the city-parliament blocked his idea. They also blocked the idea to give the title COME TOGETHER for a local music festival with the statement of the politicians: “we are in Germany and we do not need any English titles.” Since then I’m writing in English and deleted my websites in German language. I was ranking on position two for 5 years in the hall of fame of – but I’ll never write again in German…
      my two daughters (a banker and an architecture) managed to ignore such narrow minded world – but they had to leave my little hometown near Cologne, left my wife and me (yes, I’m sad about this) to work in the metropol-cities Munich and Berlin. I hope, big cities are a better chance for women’s liberation than the rural, small ones … – we only have nice little gardens – space for cats but not for modern women.


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