AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXII , No. 2, Fall 2000


New Web Exhibit on Marie Curie

A major new exhibit has been mounted on the Web to explain the life and work of Marie Curie. "Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity" joins the award-winning exhibits on Einstein, Heisenberg, Sakharov and others on the Center for History of Physics Web site. The new exhibit was written by Naomi Pasachoff, author of a book on Madame Curie aimed at high-school students. While the appeal is universal, it is expected that the largest number of viewers will be young women and girls with an interest in science. This audience is very important to the future of physics. Young women who are making career choices need to see that physics is not a narrowly masculine enterprise, and that one can pursue a world-class research career along with a life richly engaged in both family and the society at large.

The exhibit covers every aspect of Marie Curie's career, including her turbulent youth, her entry into science and the discoveries that won her two Nobel prizes, her marriage and complex emotional life, her creation of medical services at the Front during the First World War, her creation and administration of the Radium Institute as a world scientific center, and her legacy including her daughter Irène, another Nobel-winning scientist. The exhibit is augmented by 90 striking illustrations, English translations of articles by Marie Curie, and supplementary pages explaining the science of radioactivity in simple language. The entire exhibit has been checked and corrected by leading historians of science, with the cooperation of the French Association Curie et Joliot Curie and the Museum and Archives of the Radium Institute, Paris.

The exhibit may be seen at See also the article Web site Documents Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics.

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