There are often some worthwhile Google Doodle’s that showcase a variety of famous people throughout history or important dates. Today sees the Google Doodle archive get larger with a Marie Curie celebration on what would have been her birthday.
The Noble prizewinning scientist is celebrated on the Google homepage with a simple image with her working away at her work bench. She was born in Poland and is best known with her work in fighting cancer and her part with radioactivity. According to Wikipedia she was born today in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland, but moved to Paris in 1891.
Working with her husband Pierre she discovered polonium and radium, and along with her husband received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903 with Henri Becquerel for the discovery of radioactivity. She also helped to develop mobile x-ray units during the First World War that were used to diagnose injuries on the battle field.
Then in October 1914 she went to the battlefront and worked with her 17 year old daughter working to help wounded soldiers using the x-ray machines to locate bullets and shrapnel. Curie also helped to train doctors and other staff in the new techniques, before going on to win another Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1911. Unfortunately her work contributed to her death in 1934 of pernicious anemia, which was a result of exposure to radiation.
She was probably the first woman to be interred in the Pantheon in Paris for her achievements, and possibly the first to get recognition for her work in science. For more information on Marie Curie go to Wikipedia.
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