Marie Curie: A Life

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Addison-Wesley, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 509 pages
One hundred years ago, Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, for which she won the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911 she won an unprecedented second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for isolating new radioactive elements. Despite these achievements, or perhaps because of her fame, she has remained a saintly, unapproachable genius. From family documents and a private journal only recently made available, Susan Quinn at last tells the full human story. From the stubborn sixteen-year-old studying science at night while working as a governess, to her romance and scientific partnership with Pierre Curie--an extraordinary marriage of equals--we feel her defeats as well as her successes: her rejection by the French Academy, her unbearable grief at Pierre’s untimely and gruesome death, and her retreat into a love affair with a married fellow scientist, causing a scandal which almost cost her the second Nobel Prize. In Susan Quinn’s fully dimensional portrait, we comeat last to know this complicated, passionate, brilliant woman.

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

As a piece of writing, I'd rate this biography as merely adequate. Quinn's style is unfortunately rather pedestrian and, occasionally, even sentimental. Marie Curie herself, however, remains a ... Read full review

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Marie Curie should have been a spy. She certainly did a good job of being an international woman of mystery. This is the fullest of five biographies of Curie I have read -- possibly a little too full ... Read full review


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THREE Some Very Hard Days

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Susan Quinn is the author of two highly praised biographies: A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney and Marie Curie: A Life. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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