Monday, November 7, 2011

Schools : Marie Curie: 100th Anniversary Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Portrait Marie Curie, 1921

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand, so that we may fear less."

Marie Curie

Google doodle Marie Curie's 144th Brithday

I am a big fan of Google doodles! You know it! It is not the first time I wrote about Google doodles. Why? Because doodles can be interesting resources for educators.

Today, Google honors Marie Curie, physicist-chemist, with an impressionistic doodle on her 144th birth anniversary

Marie Curie was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes : Physics and Chemistry. She is the only woman to win a Nobel Prize in two fields. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 (with her husband, Paul Curie) and Nobel Prize for Chemistry, in 1911. Marie Curie is the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes. 

"The doodle shows Marie Curie working at a table. The Google logo looks like a radioactive trace."

Of course you hear about 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry ! And it ends soon. So, let's talk about it, taking advantage of this tribute

I already wrote about this important event on two or three posts. And in all of them, I emphasized Marie Curie

First on International Woman's Day Centenary, the official theme was "Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women".

Google doodle Robert Bunsen's 200 Birthday

After, on my post Google celebrates Robert Bunsen and 'International Year of Chemistry 2011' where I mentioned the video message by Irina Bokova's, Director General of UNESCO, for the Opening of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011.

Nobel Prize 1911 Marie Curie

"Marie Curie was honored with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1911). Since then, only  3 women having been honored on this way. It's important to encourage young women to contribute their talent to this exciting field."

Irina Bokova, Director General UNESCO

Again, on my post Rap in Chemistry curriculum? Fantastic! Inspired by a good and funny video created by the rapper Oort Kuiper  who wrote here

And today! Marie Curie is an inspiring woman for all young girls who choose Science and Chemistry to complete their higher education.

Marie Curie Actions EU

Last September, Polish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission organised the Marie Curie Researchers  Symposium Science - Passion, Mission, Responsabilities to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Marie Curie Actions and the 100th anniversary of Marie Sklodowska-Curie's Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA, is producing the world premiere of Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie. It will run from November 1 through December 11, 2011.

"Radiance delves into the life and romance of one of the most brilliant female scientists in history.  Famous for her groundbreaking research in radioactivity, Curie was the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in multiple sciences, but not without a struggle. For all the answers that come to her in the lab, Curie’s life is peppered with questions of how to realize the passion she has for both knowledge and love." 

Ciclo de conferências :uma questão de química

Em Portugal, a Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian promove um "Ciclo de Conferências Ciência - Uma questão de química".

É já amanhã, dia 8 Novembro 2011, que terá lugar a conferência  As Químicas do Nobel por Raquel Gonçalves-Maia, às 18:00, a transmitir aqui (compatível com iPhone, iPad e Android).


It is a wonderful year to promote Science and Chemistry studies for girls in the schools and universities. Marie Curie is the best example that educators could share with female students.

Marie Curie demonstrates that young women who choose scientific careers, stunning success is possible.

Other resources :
  • 100 years : Marie Cury & the Great War here
  • A History of Chemistry here
  • Life Without Chemistry - Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin - Professor David Grayson. TCD Open Day January 2011 here

"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist is his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale."

Marie Curie

(in 2011, I think Marie Curie would say 'her' and 'she')



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