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Marie CurieMarie Curie was born in Warsaw on November 7 1867 She was actually born to the name Marja Sklodowska When she was 24 she went to Paris where she changed her name to Marie and started school in Sorbonne In 1893 she received her degree in physics When she needed a lab to experiment in a Professor Kovalski said that there might be space in the School of Physics and Chemistry He also said that Pierre Curie a scientist there might be able to help her She had heard of Pierre and thought he was a genius When she met him they worked together for awhile and he fell in love with her When she had to leave to go to Warsaw he begged her to come back and she did They married the year after they met on July 26 After they married Marie became weak and always tired He thought she was ailing tuberculoses which her mother died from but she refused to go into a hospital It came time for Marie to begin thinking of her thesis subject She decided to base it on the nature of radiation She received a little glassed in studio in the School of Physics to experiment in She wondered if any other elements besides uranium or thorium emitted rays She then discovered an element that had more radioactivity than any other element When Pierre heard this he decided to stop his work on magnetism to help his wifeFor four years Marie and Pierre concentrated on extracting the pitchblende from uranium that had more radioactivity than uranium itself They then knew that the radioactive element which was more intense than uranium had to be in this pitchblende After long research they discovered that two fractions of the ore were especially radioactive which meant there were two new elements She named them radium and polonium Polonium was named after Poland They kept trying to isolate the elements
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