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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Rudi Schneider, aged 14
Rudi Schneider, aged 14. Rudi Schneider (27 July 1908 - 1957), son of Josef Schneider and brother of Willi Schneider, was an Austrian spiritualist and Physical Medium. His career was covered extensively by the journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, and he took part in a number of notable experiments conducted by paranormal researchers/debunkers, including Harry Price, Albert von Schrenck-Notzing and Eric J. Dingwall. Some of which declared him to be a fraud, and others of which were unable to find evidence of trickery. HPG/1/6/1/ (iii"
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Avro Lincon B.2 G-APRJ
Avro 694 Lincoln B.2 G-APRJ (ex RF342 / G-29-1 / G-36-3), of Napier Icing Research Limited.This Lincoln first flew on 5 June 1945 as RF342 but saw no RAF service, going straight to long-term storage, then to the Ministry of Supply in Nov 1948 and on to D Napier & Sons of Luton, for icing research work. Much of this involved mounting a wing section vertically on the top of the rear fuselage, forward of which was a rig which sprayed water on the aerofoil at altitude, so that the development of ice (and effect of countermeasures) might be studied. At the end of 1958 RF342 was sold to Napier and registered G-APRJ. However, much of its ongoing research flying was undertaken wearing the companys Class B marks G-29-1. In Nov 1962 it passed to the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield, which also conducted aerofoil trials under the Colleges Class B marks G-36-3, with sections were mounted vertically on the rear fuselage, just as with the Napier icing work. The Lincoln resumed G-APRJ in 1964 during a short stint with the Empire Test Pilots School. It was acquired (for lb1,500) by the British Historic Aircraft Museum at Southend in 1967 and flown into Southend for handover on 9 May, as G-APRJ. Date: circa 1960
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