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Marie Sklodowska as she was called before marriage was born in Warsaw in 1867 Both her parents were teachers who believed deeply in the importance of education Marie had her first lessons in physics and chemistry from her father She had a brilliant aptitude for study and a great thirst for knowledge however advanced study was not possible for women in Poland Marie dreamed of being able to study at the Sorbonne in Paris but this was beyond the means of her family To solve the problem Marie and her elder sister Bronya came to an arrangement Marie should go to work as a governess and help her sister with the money she managed to save so that Bronya could study medicine at the Sorbonne When Bronya had taken her degree she in her turn would contribute to the cost of Maries studies Now however there occurred an event that was to be of decisive importance in her life She met Pierre Curie He was 35 years eight years older and an internationally known physicist but an outsider in the French scientific community - a serious idealist and dreamer whose greatest wish was to be able to devote his life to scientific work Marie too was an idealist though outwardly shy and retiring she was in reality energetic and single-minded Pierre and Marie immediately discovered an intellectual affinity which was very soon transformed into deeper feelings In July 1895 they were married at the town hall at Sceaux where Pierres parents lived Their life was otherwise quietly monotonous a life filled with work and studyPersuaded by his father and by Marie Pierre submitted his doctoral thesis in 1895 It concerned various types of magnetism and contained a presentation of the connection between temperature and magnetism that is now known as Curies Law In 1896 Marie passed her teachers diploma coming first in her group Deciding after a time to go on doing research Marie looked
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