This short illustrated video of the fascinating life of Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867–1934) comes from Your Life, an industry-led and government supported campaign out of the UK that “aims to show the dynamic career opportunities available to young people by studying math and science.”

Marie Curie has an amazing, albeit tragic life story. The physicist and chemist’s discovery of the radioactive element radium was critical to the development of x-rays in surgery and the field of radiology. Her pioneering work earned her the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 (the first woman to ever do so) and again in 1911 (Chemistry), making her the first scientist to win two Nobel Prizes.

But despite her enormous success, or perhaps because of it, Curie faced great opposition from male scientists in France, and she never received significant financial benefits from her work. By the late 1920s her health had begun to deteriorate, and she died on July 4, 1934 from leukemia, caused by exposure to high-energy radiation from her research.

Hats off to the team at Your Life for creating a highly entertaining and educational video about an incredible pioneer!

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