Marie Curie, born Maria Salomea Sklodowska, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867. Her parents were well known teachers in the area and value her education greatly. In 1878 her mother died of tuberculosis, and in 1881 her eldest sister died of typhus. Curie had her first practical scientific training in the chemical laboratory that was run by the assistant to Dimitri Mendeleev, the founder of the periodic table. In 1891 she left Poland for Paris to further her studies in the sciences. In 1893 she got her first degree in physics and in 1894 she got her second degree. After getting her second degree she met Pierre Curie who ran a physics and chemistry lab and gave her a work space. They grew closed and married in 1895.
In 1896, using an electrometer her husband creator, Curie realized that uranium samples give off more radioactivity when there is more uranium present. She hypothesized that this meant that it was the atom itself was radiating and not an interaction with molecules. She knew that if this was true it would disprove the long standing belief that atoms are indivisible. In 1898 Curie was studying Uranium minerals and noticed they were giving off more radiation than pure uranium, meaning that there was another radioactive element was present. This lead to her discovery that Thorium is indeed radioactive. However, another scientist figured this out at the same time and published their work first, so Curie didn't get credit. Later that year she discovered a new element, polonium, by isolating the element from the minerals from her thorium study. But she knew there was still something there and in 1902 she was successfully able to isolate the new element radium. In 1903 Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for her work on radiation fields, this made her the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. In 1911 she was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of polonium and radium, making her the only woman to ever win 2 Nobel Prizes. When World War 1 came around she recreated her discoveries into a medical invention and created a mobile x-ray to treat the wounded soldiers. In 1934 Curie visited her home in Poland for the last time, while there she died due to long term exposure to radiation.
Contributions to the Tessera Edit
All of the x-rays in Horsely Towers were created by Curie. Also due to her extensive time spent as a doctor in World War 1 she headed a lot of the medical treatments that went on while there. Sadly, many of here inventions had to be removed or revamped because, at the time of their creations the long terms effects of radiation was not well known and they were dangerous to continue to use.