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Marie Curie Maire Curie was born in Warsaw Poland on November 7 1867 Her parents were both teachers her father a teacher of math and physics However working in Russian Poland and being polish he wasnt paid very well As a young child Marie was very smart and eager to learn She learned to read at the age of four and at he age of 15 she graduated high school and was at the top of her class After her graduation Marie and her sister went to study at the Sorbonne University in Paris They made their way through school by tutoring students for money and paying their way through It is there where Marie decided to become a physics teacher after her father However for Marie and her sister it was not that easy Marie went back to Warsaw and worked in laboratories doing experiments because of a lack of money while her sister became a medical doctor in Paris In 1891 Marie moved to Paris where with the help from her sister she would get her degree in physics in 1893 Marie was soon after given a scholarship to the Sorbonne where she could finish her studies In 1895 Marie got married to her husband Pierre Curie In 1897 they had their first child Irene Joiliot Curie who would also go into the field of science Marie and Pierre began working together on radioactivity Together they discovered two highly radioactive elements Radium and Polonium As a result in 1903 they both received a Nobel prize in physics However in 1906 Pierre died suddenly form being hit by a carriage Marie took over his classes at the Sorbonne and became the first women professor at the Sorbonne University While teaching at the University Marie continued to conduct her research on radioactivity As well as founding the Paris Institute of Radium In 1911 she received another Nobel prize in chemistry
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