Marie Curie

By: Sarah Armstrong

In a time of oppression of women, Marie Curie showed the world what a woman in the field of science could do. Marie Curie was a Polish chemist and physicist. At the time of her work, many people thought that women should be at home keeping the family in order.

Marie Curie had other ideas as she earned her first Nobel Prize in Physics, becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She also developed a theory of radioactivity. With her theory of radioactivity, she discovered two new elements, Radon and Polonium. These discoveries earned Curie her second Nobel Prize; this time instead of Physics, she received her Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This made her the first person, man or woman, to win two Nobel prizes; she is also the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win Nobel Prizes in multiple sciences.

With all of this information, and maybe being great, what does this have to do with the reasoning behind Marie Curie being a hero? Marie Curie can be considered a hero because nobody, at the time, would have thought that a woman could do any of these things. At the time, her discoveries had to be put under her husband’s name because people at the time did not believe women could be making scientific discoveries.

Marie Curie is a hero for believing in what she thought, to improve the world as we know it. Without Marie Curie, we may have been unable to produce a weapon of mass destruction during World War Ⅱ, maybe resulting in the Allies losing World War Ⅱ. The discovery of these elements have further broadened our understanding of the world today. For example, we now use Polonium as heat source on space missions because a single gram of Polonium will reach 500 degrees Celsius (932 degrees Fahrenheit) as a result of alpha radiation being emitted. Her heroic findings still apply to us today, making Marie Curie a hero for women… and men.

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