Born in Poland in 1867, after receiving her secondary education she worked as a governess for eight years. Marie moved to Paris and read Physics at the Sorbonne, where she received a scholarhip which allowed her to move back to Poland to take a second degree in Mathematics. She married Pierre Curie in 1895 and their research into radioactivity resulted in a joint Nobel prize. (1903) Maire succeeded Pierre in the position of Professor of Physics at the Sorbonne after his death, and through her research she isolated pure radium. In 1911 she became the first person to be awarded the Nobel Prize on two occasions
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Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne. It was the first aerial crossing of the English Channel. Pictured is the French coast at Calais, with jubilant spectators, ships and boats.
7 January 1785
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Dog's-tooth violet and moth
Dog's-tooth-violet or dogtooth violet, Erythronium dens-canis, and moth. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Daniel Rabel after a botanical illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian from Pierre Joseph Buchoz's edition of Histoire Generale des Insectes de Surinam et de tout L'Europe, Troisieme edition revue, corrigee et considerablement augmentee par M. Buchoz, Paris, 1771