Marie Curie had some of the biggest influences on Radiation and Radiologic Technology. She would go on to become the first women to be awarded a Nobel prize, and the first person to be awarded 2 Nobel prizes, for her discovery of Radium and Polonium.
April 25, 2023
Marie Curie: pioneer of Radium and Radiologic Technology
- Tammy DePottey
- April 25, 2023
- Jessica Griffin
- Radiologic Technology
Sarah G Garcia-Linz
April 25, 2023 — 8:44 pm
Wow. I knew a little about Marie Curie but definitely learned some things. What a hero. Thank you for sharing! -Sarah/Academic Success Coaches
April 30, 2023 — 6:53 pm
She definitely made a name for herself! It was fun to learn all about her and her significance. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed, you’re welcome!
April 27, 2023 — 5:06 am
I learned so much about Marie Curie!!! I did not know that she was the first Women to win a noble peace prize and the first person to win 2. I also love the fact that in a time when women were not treated equal to men that her husband took a stance that she needed to be recognized on their noble prize. Also very cool she invented the first mobile x-ray unit!!
I thought it was super interesting that her and her husbands bodies had to be removed from their burial site due to the radiation they were admitting.
April 30, 2023 — 7:01 pm
I agree, I was happy to be able to share that her husband stood up for his wife and women’s rights. During a time when women’s achievements were either unacknowledged or falsely reported to be a mans it was very brave of him to stand up for what was right.
April 27, 2023 — 9:31 pm
Great job with your presentation! Marie Curie paved the path for many discoveries and contributed to science in more ways than we can count. It’s incredible that she was selected for such a prestigious award, not one but two! Unfortunately, during this time frame woman were not treated equally and I’m sure she faced many challenges, but she opened so many doors and possibilities for those around her. It sounds like Curie’s invention of mobile x-rays contributed significantly to the diagnosis and treatment of patients, do you happen to know whether men or woman were running these units? I’m curious to know if she advocated for woman further, allowing them to take x-rays during this time. Also, you discuss details of Curie’s death and I’m interested to know if her children were ever affected by the radiation as well. I’m sure they were affected just because she was most likely with them a lot, did your research conclude any information on whatever came of her children? Lastly, I find it fascinating but also scary that her body had to be retrieved from her burial site due to the radiation effects. I’m sure somewhere in Paris there is a museum on Marie Curie, and I’d love to visit. Overall great job! Thank you for sharing.
April 30, 2023 — 7:26 pm
“do you happen to know whether men or woman were running these units?”
I’m not entirely sure who exactly ran these units with the battlefield surgeons, but I do know that Marie and her daughter Irene trained other women to be aids to the medical staff involved with the operation as a whole!
“if her children were ever affected by the radiation as well.”
Marie’s daughter Irene went on to follow her mother and fathers foot steps and ended up herself winning an noble prize in further discoveries involving radioactivity. Irene passed about at 58 due to leukemia and it is thought to be caused by radiation exposure, but whether that effect can be related to her mothers work is undetermined. I’d have to say probably only slightly only because of how her sister, Eve, prospered in life. Marie’s daughter eve became a writer and journalist, She wrote a biography on her mom, and eventually moved from europe to the US. Unlike the rest of her family, Eve actually ended up living until she was 102!! She only passed away back in 2007 in New York! So with Eve being able to live such a long life, with no reports of her death being linked to radiation exposure, I’d have to guess Marie was able to shield her children enough from her work.
Visiting Maries tomb would be so fun! Definitely going to be adding that to my bucket list!
May 1, 2023 — 5:23 pm
Hi Jessica! I really enjoyed watching and listening to your presentation! You did a great job of presenting this information in an organized manner. A couple things I took from this that I thought was interesting was; Marie won the first Nobel prize, how smart she was to figure out and conduct a technology (mobile radiography unit) for WW1 medical care, as well as how young she was when she passed away… I never knew this. It is so crazy how many founders for radiography passed from exposure radiation! I was reading some of the comments above about if Marie’s children were affected by radiation… I saw your response on how her daughter died at 58 from leukemia. It is so interesting how radiation exposure can be passed on to future generations. That is so scary to know that years after they were buried their bodies were exhumed due to radiation exposure. I did not really believe that once someone passed radiation can still live and radiate! Thanks again for sharing Jessica!
May 4, 2023 — 6:22 pm
Great presentation, Marie Curie played such an important role for our occupation. I remember reading once she use to sleep with this vial of Radium every night by her pillow because it was considered a magic of science. Little did she know the dangers of that mystical glow. You did a really nice job on explaining the historical piece of radiologic science. I like your bucket list item, since they are buried in lead you don’t have to worry about taking your own lead apron! Take a look at how toxic soil with the Chernobyl Disaster. There is a document if you can find it called Chernobyl Heart you will be shocked, but with your knowledge base for radiation safety you will understand and notice a lot of things that the general public does not.
May 8, 2023 — 4:24 pm
I did not know that she was the first women to get a noble peace prize let alone that she earned two. While it’s sad that she had to be exhumed due to the radiation levels from her body I am curious of how high those levels were. It seems she lived her life to help others so she would probably have been fine with it. Since you said her husband had to be exhumed as well, I wonder about their children’s exposure. Thank you for the nice presentation, I learned a lot.