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An Animated Lesson on the Genius of Marie Skłodowska Curie

In a new TED-Ed animated lesson, Shohini Ghose takes us through Marie Skłodowska Curie’s great achievements and the impact of her revolutionary discoveries. It also takes us through Curie’s journey to becoming a trailblazing scientist and her scientific partnership with Pierre Curie.

Dr. Curie’s contribution to X-ray technology and radioactivity, at the expense of her own health, is nothing short of inspiring. Accompanying this video is the exciting news that the Marie Curie biopic Radioactive is currently in the works with director Marjane Satrapi of Persepolis. When I asked scientists at National Geographic what female scientist deserves a proper blockbuster biopic, the most popular answer by far was Curie. Her story is one of perseverance, fighting for education, making importance strives in her fields, and working through grief and sickness.

I adore these TED-Ed animations on female historical figures, and if you liked this one you should definitely also check on their lesson on Cleopatra, Henrietta Lacks, and Rosalind Franklin. You can also head over to their website for more resources on Curie’s life and work.

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