20116X: Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity
By Naomi Pasachoff / Oxford University Press

Now for the first time, Oxford offers the general public a series of readable, accessible biographies of major scientists. These illustrated biographies combine intelligible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world. In this inspiring biography, Naomi Pasachoff reveals the many sides of Marie Curie: wife, mother, professional woman, scientist, and celebrity. Throughout her life, Curie's passion for science propelled her to make do with little. Her first laboratory was an unused corner in her husband Pierre's workplace. Her second was a rude shed, where her experiments with uranium led to her discovery of radioactivity and to two Nobel Prizes. Pasachoff also investigates touchier episodes of Curie's life; her affair with a married colleague after her husband's death, and the harsh treatment she received from the French press. Using clear, understandable language, Pasachoff details Curie's scientific discoveries and the legacy she left through her research, her teaching, and her lifelong commitment to the welfare of humankind.

302497: World History Biographies: Marie Curie, The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science World History Biographies: Marie Curie, The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science
By Philip Steele / National Geographic Children's Books

Marie Curie was not only one of the most distinguished scientists of her time, she was also the winner of two Nobel Prizes, in an era when women in the sciences was anything but encouraged. Growing up in Russian-occupied Poland, she was born into an intelligent family who nurtured her education. Famous for her discovery and isolation of radium, her discoveries led the way for many advances in energy and medicinal fields. With photographs, quotes, illustrations and a running timeline, this is a thorough look into the life of a woman who broke through the barriers in her life. 64 pages, indexed, softcover.

104361: Great Scientists in Action, Grades 4-8 Great Scientists in Action, Grades 4-8
By Ed Shevick / The Lorenz Corp.(teaching & Learning Co)

How much do your students know not only about the accomplishments, but also the backgrounds of famous scientists? Your students will be inspired as they discover how hard most great scientists had to struggle to succeed. The lives of Aristotle, Isaac Newton, George Washington Carver, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and many others, will inspire students that it isn't always the students with the best grades in school who turn out to be the scientific leaders of their generation.

Students will enjoy doing the simple but interesting experiments suggested to make discoveries about everything from gravity to making peanut butter. An answer key is included at the back of the book. Softcover, 64 pages. Grades 4-8.

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Marie and four friends
Marie Curie and President Warren Harding
Pierre Curie
Marie and Pierre in the laboratory
Pierre extracting radium
Marie instructing American soldiers
Marie Curie in her laboratory
An illustration from her book
Marie Curie house in Warsaw, Poland
Tomb of Marie Curie in the Pantheon
Curite was named for Marie Curie
Marie Curie desk in the museum
The Sklodowski family
Marie Curie laboratory in the museum
House of Marie Curie
Marie and her daughters
Marie Curie medallion
Monument to Marie Curie in Lubin, Poland
Nobel Prize diploma