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he Curies themselves did not grow rich from this industry. In fact, they had trouble covering their household expenses. They increased their income in 1900 by taking on more teaching work. Marie became the first woman faculty member at France’s top training school for women teachers. In 1903 she completed her doctoral thesis, becoming the first woman to receive a doctorate in France. The committee of examiners declared that her work had done more for science than any previous thesis project. Famous now, the Curies seemed destined for an easy life at the top of their profession.

The Curies in their garden.
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