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Poloneza Marie Sklodowska Curie, cea care avea sa dea, in cinstea acestui fapt, numele polonium unui element chimic descoperit de ea.
– cand s-a nascut, in 1867, Polonia nu mai era o tara independenta de aproape un secol, Austria, Prusia si Rusia impartind-o. Tatal ei (profesor de matematica si fizica) a fost chiar dat afara de supervizorul rus, pentru sentimente pronuntat pro-poloneza.
– prima ei dragoste a fost baiat de patron al carui parinti nu l-au lasat sa-si piarda rangul cu o amarata de profesoara?
– a fost prima femeie cu doctorat in stiinte din Franta, prima femeie care a devenit profesoara la Sorbonna, intr-o istorie de 650 de ani, prima femeie care a luat Nobelul pentru fizica, primul om care a castigat doua Nobeluri, pentru materii diferite
– al doilea ei prenume a fost Salommé
– numele ei real e Manya si a avut o sora Bronya (care si ea a facut medicina, la Sorbonna)
– la nunta cu Pierre au primit in dar o suma de bani cu care si-au cumparat doo biciclete cu care au calatorit in luna de miere?
– mai tarziu, sotul ei a fost calcat (nu stiu daca pe trecerea de pietoni) de o trasura cu cai
– cu privire la premiul Nobel, detine neste chestii unice: l-a luat de doo ori, l-a luat in gasca cu sotul ei, fiica ei Irene a luat si ea premiul. Puteau sa-i schimbe numele in Premiul Curie, zic.
– si ea, si sotul ei au refuzat Legiunea de Onoare franceza
“I pray to thank the Minister, and to inform him that I do not in the least feel the need of a decoration, but that I do feel the greatest need for a laboratory.”
–Pierre Curie refusing the Legion of Honor, 1903
– conducatorul ei de doctorat este inventatorul fotografiei in culori (Gabriel Lippmann)
– a inventat si cuvinte (radioactivitatea, that is)
– fiica Irene Joliot-Curie a fost tot fizicianochimista, iar fiica Eve Curie Labouisse (care a trait pana la 102 ani) a scris o biografie a mamei sale
– tatal sau era ateu iar mama catolica. Se spune ca ea era agnostica.
– obiectele personale pastrate in arhive (de exemplu cartea ei de bucate, pentru ca, nu-i asa, Marie Curie is an overachiever who cooked, cleaned, discovered radium, and raised a Nobel Prize-winning daughter, but who never forgot how to make a good pierogi – gogosi cu varza murata, that is), sunt tinute in cutii captusite cu plumb pentru ca sunt inca radioactive
– in timpul unei calatorii in Statele Unite, Marie Curie a acceptat sa acorde un interviu doamnei Meloney, editoarea unei reviste ameriane pentru femei. Cand aceasta a intrebat-o: „care e cea mai mare dorinta a dvs? ea raspuns imediat: „un gram de radiu. Centrele de terapie si cercetare din Statele Unite au de cincizeci de ori mai mult decat unicul gram de care am nevoie eu, cea care l-am descoperit, in laborator„. Energica ca toate americancele, doamna editoare de revista a inceput imediat o campanie de strangere de fonduri, reusind, pana la urma, sa faca rost de doritul gram de radiu pentru Curie (sursa).
– „Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”
– ultimele ei cuvinte au fost: „nu vreau decat sa fiu lasata in pace”
– este una dintre cele doua femei ingropate la Pantheonul din Paris, cealalta fiind ingropata in calitate de sotie (Sophie Berthelot, sotia chimistului Berthelot)
– „Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted” a spus Albert Einstein
On the Discovery of Radium
Famous Speech by Marie Curie
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY – May 14, 1921
I could tell you many things about radium and radioactivity and it would take a long time. But as we can not do that, I shall only give you a short account of my early work about radium. Radium is no more a baby, it is more than twenty years old, but the conditions of the discovery were somewhat peculiar, and so it is always of interest to remember them and to explain them.
We must go back to the year 1897. Professor Curie and I worked at that time in the laboratory of the school of Physics and Chemistry where Professor Curie held his lectures. I was engaged in some work on uranium rays which had been discovered two years before by Professor Becquerel.
I spent some time in studying the way of making good measurements of the uranium rays, and then I wanted to know if there were other elements, giving out rays of the same kind. So I took up a work about all known elements, and their compounds and found that uranium compounds are active and also all thorium compounds, but other elements were not found active, nor were their compounds. As for the uranium and thorium compounds, I found that they were active in proportion to their uranium or thorium content. The more uranium or thorium, the greater the activity, the activity being an atomic property of the elements, uranium and thorium.
Them I took up measurements of minerals and I found that several of those which contain uranium or thorium or both were active. But then the activity was not what I could expect, it was greater than for uranium or thorium compounds like the oxides which are almost entirely composed of these elements.
Then I thought that there should be in the minerals some unknown element having a much greater radioactivity than uranium or thorium. And I wanted to find and to separate that element, and I settled to that work with Professor Curie. We thought it would be done in several weeks or months, but it was not so. It took many years of hard work to finish that task. There was not one new ,lenient, there were several of them. But the most important is radium, which could be separated in a pure state.
Now, the special interest of radium is in the intensity of its rays which several million times greater than the uranium rays. And the effects of the rays make the radium so important. If we take a practical point of view, then the most important property of the rays is the production of physiological effects on the cells of the human organism. These effects may be used for the cure of several diseases. Good results have been obtained in many cases. What is considered particularly important is the treatment of cancer. The medical utilization of radium makes it necessary to get that element in sufficient quantities. And so a factory of radium was started to begin with in France, and later in America where a big quantity of ore named carnotite is available. America does produce many grams of radium every year, but the price is still very high because the quantity of radium contained in the ore is so small. The radium is more than a hundred thousand times dearer than gold.
But we must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.
The scientific history of radium is beautiful. The properties of the rays have been studied very closely. We know that particles are expelled from radium with a very great velocity near to that of the light. We know that the atoms of radium are destroyed by expulsion of these particles, some of which are atoms of helium. And in that way it has been proved that the radioactive elements are constantly disintegrating and that they produce at the end ordinary elements, principally helium and lead. That is, as you see, a theory of transformation of atoms which are not stable, as was believed before, but may undergo spontaneous changes.
Radium is not alone in having these properties. Many having other radio-elements are known already, the polonium, the mesothorium, the radiothorium, the actinium. We know also radioactive gases, named emanations. There is a great variety of substances and effects in radioactivity. There is always a vast field left to experimentation and I hope that we may have some beautiful progress in the following years. It is my earnest desire that some of you should carry on this scientific work and keep for your ambition the determination to make a permanent contribution to science.
Spitalul Budimex din Bucuresti, denumit astazi Marie Curie (Maria Sklodowska Curie), a fost oferit poporului roman ca un dar special din partea guvernului polonez dupa cutremurul din 1977.