How Poland Shaped Maria Skłodowska-Curie & How She Shaped Poland

Maria Skłodowska-Curie emigrated from Poland when she was only 24 – at a time when the country wasn’t even on the map of Europe. When it reappeared she was a double Nobel Prize laureate. We take a closer look at the relationship with her homeland.

Although she never returned to her home country for good, Poland proved to be a constant presence in the heart and mind of the great scientist. In promoting the idea of an independent Polish state, Maria Skłodowska-Curie (better known to the world as Marie Curie) resorted to some subversive tactics: look no further than polonium! So why did she eventually regret naming the new element after Poland? Was Poland the reason she almost refused to marry Pierre Curie? What was her favourite Polish song? And what does an elephant have to do with Poland? Find out all you need to know about Marie Curie’s idiosyncratic relationship with Poland below.


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