Marie Curie: 100-year anniversary of a Nobel Prize

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8 Responses to “Marie Curie: 100-year anniversary of a Nobel Prize”

  1. robotnik says:

    Please, please – no put-downs about “radium under her bed.”

  2. eyebeam says:

    Lets hear it for Madame Curie! But seriously, the Smithsonian is in dire need of a proofreading editor…

  3. Art says:

    Great Post  :)

  4. Matt Walters says:

    I think you’re parsing the quote incorrectly. “have been wont to bestow” can be read as “would typically have bestowed upon” – and I think this is probably what Harding meant. Interpreted this way, the quote suddenly describes a new dimension of respect that men can / should have for women, whereas previously we might only have respected “…the noble woman, the unselfish wife, the devoted mother”. Just my two cents.

  5. et50 says:

    You mean wont not won’t

  6. Mantissa128 says:

    Yeah, and we still report on what female politicians are wearing, and get upset if any cleavage is showing. I’m not sure much has changed.

  7. Ted Brennan says:

    Marie Curie’s daughter Irene Joliet-Curie won the Nobel prize with her husband Frederic Joliet-Curie. Her Granddaughter Helene Langevin-Joliet is a professor of nuclear physics and Director of research at CNRS- the largest center for research in fundamental science in Europe. Her grandson Pierre is a noted biologist also at CNRS. (Her daughter Eve Curie Labouisse may not of won the Nobel but her husband did accept the one for UNICEF which she had been working for at the time).

    Marie Curie’s family is incredibly accomplished. I am willing to go so far as to say that, as a parent, she led her family to have a greater effect on humanity than most parents can even dream. 

    Marie Curie is one of the greatest scientists the world has ever seen. She did this in spite off all that was stacked against her but with the support of her family which she, in turn, supported.

    Maybe the problem isn’t that we consider family and motherhood as part of Marie Curie’s life and success, but maybe the problem is that we idealize a myth of masculine individuality that is generally not true. Maybe we actually should consider a Man’s place within a family when we consider his “manhood”, rather than diminish Marie Curie by not considering her family.

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