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Marie Curie - A Life of Discovery

This Catalyst article looks at Marie Curie, who discovered two radioactive elements and showed that radioactivity was a property of atoms, not compounds. Marie Curie won two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to have done so. She is still the only person to have won awards in both Physics and Chemistry. The article describes her life and work, from her birth in Poland in 1867 to her pioneering work in Paris from the 1890's. It describes how her work led to a greater understanding of ionising radiation and atomic structure as well as the use of radiation in medicine.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 22, Issue 3.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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