Maria Curie-Sklodowska: 10 interesting facts

  1. Did you know that Maria Curie-Skłodowska was one of the first Polish mountaineers? She established routes in the Tatras and was one of the first women to wear trousers when climbing the mountains.
  2. Did you know that Maria Curie-Skłodowska was keen on sport? She enjoyed swimming and cycling in particular.
  3. Did you know that until her last days Maria Curie-Skłodowska would always count in Polish?
  4. Did you know that during World War I Maria Curie-Skłodowska not only financially supported the French Armed Forces, but also knitted socks for soldiers?
  5. Did you know that Maria Curie-Skłodowska published her research findings almost simultaneously in French and Polish?
  6. Did you know that Albert Einstein once remarked that: “Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted”?
  7. Did you know that when the Nobel laureate’s family decided to donate her journals and manuscripts to the National Library in Paris in the middle of the 1990s, their level of radioactive contamination was so high they required 2 years of maintenance to reduce the radioactivity?
  8. Did you know that there are craters located on the Moon and Mars named after Maria Curie-Skłodowska?
  9. Did you know that Maria Curie-Skłodowska announced the discovery of a new chemical element, named radium, on Boxing Day, 26th December 1898?
  10. Did you know that Maria Curie-Skłodowska was one of the first women to obtain a driver’s licence?

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