Today in Science
Marie Curie's Birthday
The legendary scientist Marie Skłodowska Curie was born on November 7, 1867. Her work as a physicist and chemist led to the discovery of polonium and radium and expanded the knowledge base of spontaneous radioactivity. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize and also the first person to receive the honor twice.
Learn more about her work and radioactivity with this series of high school lessons:
- Isotopes of Pennies
- Radioactive Decay: A Sweet Simulation of a Half-life
- Frosty the Snowman Meets His Demise: An Analogy to Carbon Dating
- Splitting the Atom
Read more about Madame Curie and other Nobel Prize winners at nobelprize.org.