Google Doodle celebrates scientist Marie Curie

7 Nov 2011

The Google Doodle marking what would have been the birthday of scientist Marie Curie

Internet search giant Google is honouring Marie Curie’s contribution to science with a Doodle on its homepage on what would have been Curie’s birthday today.

Curie was born on 7 November, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland.

The Google Doodle depicts her working at a table laid out with laboratory instruments, with Google’s logo superimposed on the scene. Curie is best known for her theory of radioactivity, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of the elements polonium and radium.

Physicist-chemist Curie’s life was marked by firsts: She was the first person to receive Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry, and she was also the first female professor at the University of Paris.

Curie also directed the world’s first studies into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes.

It was in Paris where Curie studied, earned her degrees, and carried out scientific work. She married scientist Pierre Curie in July 1895 and they had two daughters.

Marie Curie died in Passy, Haute-Savoie, France, on 4 July, 1934. She was 66.