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Marie and Pierre Curie March 71999 Chemistry Report Period 6 Marie and Pierre Curie And the Discovery of Polonium and Radium Marie Marie Sklodowska aka was born in Warsaw in 1867 Her parents were teachers who believed strongly 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 So it was not until she was 24 that Marie came to Paris to study mathematics and physics Bronya was now married to a doctor of Polish origin and it was at Bronyas urgent invitation to come and live with them that Marie took the step of leaving for Paris By then she had been away from her studies for six years nor had she had any training in understanding French But her keen interest in studying and her joy at being at the Sorbonne with all its opportunities helped her surmount all difficulties To save herself a two-hour journey she rented a little attic in the Quartier Latin There the cold was so intense that at night she had to pile on everything she had in the way of clothing so as to be able to sleep But as compensation for all her privations she had total freedom to be able to devote herself completely to her studies After
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