Google has another one of their 'classic' Doodles up today. The Doodle is for Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist known for her work with radioactivity. She was born on the 7th of November, 1867 in Warsaw, in Russian Poland. At the age of 24, she went to Paris to study. In 1893, she was awarded a degree in physics and while she was working, in 1894 she received a degree in mathematics. That same year, she met her husband, Pierre Curie and they had a mutual interest in magnetism that drew them together. She discovered that radiation does not come from interaction between molecules, but from atoms themselves. In 1898, the Curies had published a paper together announcing the existence of a new element, polonium. In the same year, they announced the existence another element, radium, which was named after its intense radioactivity. Radioactivity, too, was a word they coined together. Marie Curie passed away in the year 1934 from aplastic anemia, which she contracted from radiation exposure.

Google Doodles for the discoverer of radiation

Google Doodles for the discoverer of radiation

Curie has a lot of achievements to her name. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She is the only person to have won a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris. She shared her Nobel Prize for physics in 1903 with her husband and her own daughter and son-in-law would similarly share a Nobel Prize in 1935. The Doodle itself is a simple

picture of Marie Curie working with flasks and test tubes, with 'Google' etched into the grains of the picture. To check out the Doodle, go to www.google.com.

Publish date: November 7, 2011 10:41 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:53 pm

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