These labours --the first that were attempted in radiography--served to open the way for Monsieur and Madame Curie
to the discovery of radium.
Boston College's Father Michael Himes has written that being part of a long tradition frees us from being merely people of our own age--we can converse with our ancestors, with Mozart and Teresa of Avila, Dante and Madame Curie
, Euclid and Jane Austen.
It includes the Turkish film "Halam Geldi," which drew attention in France for its realistic portrayal of a taboo issue, and a new project titled "My Madame Curie
Today, women continue to live the legacy of Madame Curie
and other female pioneers in the STEM fields.
I then established The Simons Foundation and the first grant was to endow a doctoral fellowship for women in physics, imagining--chauvinstically, perhaps--that a woman researching in physics, rather than being an Edward Teller, whose life-long focus was in advancing thermonuclear weapons and the hydrogen bomb, would be a Madame Curie
, seeking medical applications for human health.
We walked along Madame Curie
Street in the direction of Al-Sanawbra.
In an age of discrimination against women and an age that still often held science suspect, Madame Curie
catapulted outside of human limitation and stretched our understanding of the world around us with all that is possible.
Incidentally, Madame Curie
never produced a whole gram of radium during her lifetime of refining and studying the element.
The Madame Curie
Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science.
When Jawlensky painted the portrait of Madame Curie
in 1905, he was still searching for artistic direction.
Julie Des Jardins, The Madame Curie
Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science (Feminist Press, 2010, nonfiction)
It's said that Madame Curie
received uranium from the area in the early 1900s, and the Manhattan Project used locally mined uranium in the making of the world's first atomic weapons.