July 27, 2018 1:30 pm

Marie Curie was born in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. Although she excelled in her studies from an early age, it was unheard of for a woman to study physics at the time. Despite this, Curie moved to Paris, where she finished at the top of her class at Sorbonne University.

Her innovations and discoveries made in the fields of chemistry and physics led Curie to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. She developed ground-breaking innovation in the fields of radioactivity, and even developed the first practical use of X-Rays.

Break Free from Societal Norms

For a woman living in the early 1900’s, being respected as an inventor was next to impossible. During her lifetime, there was a widely held belief that women do not belong in science. Women were not seen as equal when it came to intelligence and ability to work. The general consensus was that women belong in the home, yet Curie defied the odds when she chose to pursue a career in Chemistry and Physics.

For Curie, defying the odds, meant making incredible scientific discoveries. She received not only one, but two Nobel Prizes. The most incredible accomplishment for Curie, was her second Nobel Prize, which she received without the help of her late husband, Pierre. A century later, Curie is the only woman to receive 2 Nobel Prizes. 

When Life Gets Tough, Keep Innovating

In 1894, Curie met her husband, Pierre Curie, a scientist working in Paris. The Curies would go on to discover new elements, including radium and polonium. Unfortunately, Pierre was killed in a street accident in 1906. Despite the tragedy, Curie went on to work hard, succeeding her late husband in his Chair as Professor at Sorbonne University.

Not only did Marie Curie continue to work after losing her husband, she went on to become an incredible innovator. During World War I, Curie continued to work to invent small, mobile X-ray units. This innovation allowed for the diagnoses of injuries near the battlefield. Her X-ray units allowed her to find fractures, bullets, and shrapnel on the front line on the war. Continuing to work and invent, despite the loss of her husband is inspiration to any inventor to keep working even when life gets tough. 

Persevere and Have Confidence

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” This famous quote from Curie gives inventors the confidence to persevere.

The road to bringing an invention to life can be rather difficult, which means it can be easy to lose confidence. Not only did Marie Curie go above and beyond for a woman of her time, she also had many hardships. Despite this, she was known for her confidence and perseverance. If you’re an inventor going through a difficult time with your idea, don’t forget Curie’s words of inspiration.

There is no denying that Marie Curie was ahead of her time. Women were seen as the homemakers and did not belong in the world of science. Numerous prizes, hardships and inventions later, the Curie was able to prove the world wrong and inspire future inventors and innovators for generations.

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