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Marie Curie
(7 Nov 1867 - 4 Jul 1934)

Polish-French chemist and physicist whose celebrated experiments (1898) on uranium minerals led to discovery of two new elements: polonium and radium. With Henri Becquerel and her husband, Pierre Curie, she was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics. She was then sole winner of a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in Chemistry.


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After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.
— Marie Curie
'Memorandum by Madame Curie, Member of the Committee, on the Question of International Scholarships for the advancement of the Sciences and the Development of Laboratories', League of Nations, International Committee on Intellectual Co-operation: Sub-committee of Experts for the Instruction of Children and Youth in the Existence and Aims of the League of Nations. (Recommendations. Preamble): Issue 5, Issues 9-13 (1926), 12.
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I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery has its own beauty.
— Marie Curie
During a debate in Madrid, ',The Future of Culture' (1933). In Eve Curie Labouisse, Eve Curie and Vincent Sheean, Madame Curie (1937), 341
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I shall devote only a few lines to the expression of my belief in the importance of science ... it is by this daily striving after knowledge that man has raised himself to the unique position he occupies on earth, and that his power and well-being have continually increased.
— Marie Curie
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In science we must be interested in things, not in persons.
— Marie Curie
In Eve Curie, Madame Curie (1938), 233.
Science quotes on:  |  Science (1699)

It was like a new world opened to me, the world of science, which I was at last permitted to know in all liberty.
— Marie Curie
As quoted in Marie and Pierre Curie and the Discovery of Polonium and Radium, Nobel Lecture
Science quotes on:  |  Autobiography (55)  |  Science (1699)

We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.
— Marie Curie
Lecture at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (14 May 1921). In Cambridge Editorial Partnership, Speeches that Changed the World, 53.
Science quotes on:  |  Applied Science (28)  |  Discovery (591)  |  Hospital (33)  |  Pure Science (18)  |  Radium (19)  |  Research (517)


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