In what Wirten presents as a curious reversal of the early decision by the Curies to share their research results relating to radium, Marie Curie advocated more protection of scientific intellectual property.
Citing polls and other evidence of the persisting fame of Marie Curie throughout the twentieth century to the present day, Eva Hemmungs Wirten responds that Curie, because gender intervenes, is not as easily generalizable as Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and a few other men whose names designate an era.
She seems to have been drawn to Curie because the scientist had both positioned herself in relationship to the idea of proprietary rights to radium and, later in life, became active in the discussion about the property rights of intellectuals.
The Nobel in physics had first been given to Wilhelm Roentgen in 1901 for his discovery of X-rays, but it wasn't until the Curies won it in 1903 that the Nobel Prize acquired importance in the eyes of the world.
After the Nobel Prize, the press wouldn't leave the Curies alone.
Members of the Northern Rock staff charity committee planted the first flowers of 2009 at the Marie Curie Hospice Field of Hope in Elswick, Newcastle.
The Geordie bank has been fundraising for its chosen charity of the year, Marie Curie Cancer Care, since January 2008.
Madame Curie, one of the greatest scientists of all time, was born Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland--then occupied by Russia.
But in 1893 Sklodowska was able to enroll at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris where she met her husband, Pierre Curie, and adopted the French equivalent of her name (Marie).
Based on old records, Rutherford said the company calculated that 28 curies
of radiation was released and that the nearest resident in Simi Valley would have been exposed to .
SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING: Marie Curie
and Radium CARLA KILLOUGH MCCLAFFERTY
For their work on radioactivity, the Curies shared the Nobel Prize for physics with Becquerel (see 1896) in 1903.
Marie and Pierre Curie continued to work on the radiations produced by uranium (see 1897).
Of course, Curie couldn't have foreseen that the papers documenting her life would intimidate archivists many decades after her death.
Curie understood that radium, like the sun, could have both therapeutic and destructive uses.