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Marie Curie. The research done by the Curies was highly significant in the development of x-rays. During World War One, Marie Curie helped equip ambulances with x-ray equipment.

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Marie Curie                                                                                Jenny

Marie Sklodowska was born in Warsaw, Poland on 7 November 1867. She excelled in school and dreamed of studying at the Sorbonne in Paris but it took a period of eight years of saving before she could go. Despite her lack of French and poor living conditions holding her back, she still managed to go on and graduate in physics in 1893 and later mathematics in 1894. She wanted to pursue her passion for physics by continuing with her experiments so she searched for a laboratory. She was introduced to Pierre Cure, her future husband, who at

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The ionisation chamber consisted of a positive and negative plate joint by an electrometer. Radiation would ionise the air in the chamber. The separation of the air molecules into positive and negative ion pairs would allow them to act as transmitters of electric current. The positive plate attracted the negative ions and the negative plate attracted the positive ions, resulting in a flow of weak electric current that can then be measured on the electrometer. The strength of the current will determine on the on the level of radioactivity.

In 1903 Marie and Pierre Curie, along with Becquerel, the Nobel Prize in Physics "in recognition

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Despite her success, Marie was the subject of ridicule from male scientists in France, and she was never awarded substantial finance from her work. Her daughter Irene became a scientist and was also a winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Marie Curie's contributions to science meant that by the end of the 19th century, there were remarkable new ideas about the structure of the atom as a result of the discoveries of x-rays, radioactivity and the electron.

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