X-rays and Uranium Rays. In December , about six months after the Curies married, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered a kind of ray that could travel through solid wood or flesh and yield photographs of living people's bones. Roentgen dubbed these mysterious rays X-rays, with X standing for unknown. In recognition of his discovery, Roentgen in became the first Nobel laureate in physics.
The Great Invention of Marie Curie
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With her husband Pierre Curie , Marie's efforts led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre's death, the further development of X-rays. Her father, Wladyslaw, was a math and physics instructor. When she was only 10, Curie lost her mother, Bronislawa, to tuberculosis. As a child, Curie took after her father. She had a bright and curious mind and excelled at school.
Marie Curie: Facts & Biography
Marie Sklodowska Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist. Curie was a pioneer in researching radioactivity, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in and Chemistry in Curie never worked on the Manhattan Project, but her contributions to the study of radium and radiation were instrumental to the future development of the atomic bomb.
Marie Curie died on 4 July , in Savoy, France. She died of aplastic anaemia, a blood disease that often results from exposure to large amounts of radiation. She was born in Warsaw, now the capital of Poland, but at that time the city belonged to the Russian Empire. Her maiden name was Maria Sklodowska. Marie had four brothers and sisters.