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Madame Curie: A Biography

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Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867–1934) was the first woman scientist to win worldwide acclaim and was, indeed, one of the great scientists of the twentieth century. Written by Curie’s daughter, the renowned international activist Eve Curie, this biography chronicles Curie’s legendary achievements in science, including her pioneering efforts in the study of radioactivity and he ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published April 2nd 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published November 30th 1936)
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Sep 07, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing
I must have taken this out of the library ten times as I was growing up.. My mother loved biography, especially biographies of great women, and recommended this to me as a sixth grader, at a time when the world was saying no to me a lot. Girls couldn't grow up to be jockeys. No you can't take print shop, you don't want to dirty your hands, little lady. Here's cooking and sewing class. Here's Cress Delahanty and Cherry Ames, Student Nurse. The biography of Marie Curie by her daughter Eve was one ...more
Mar 25, 2014 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I thought I would never finish reading this wonderful biography depicting Mme. Curie's life, work and character as one of the great lady scientists in 20th century and beyond. I think it is a must read one for those interested to know her intimately since it was written objectively and sometimes movingly by her daughter whose account is still readable and inspiring. Reading it off and on due to my ongoing work and stopped at Chapter XVIII APRIL 19, 1906, I resumed reading it last week and finall ...more
Feb 02, 2008 Krista rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2008
A rare find. I have a vague memory of salvaging this 1959 Pocket Book edition from my parents' garage sale box 14 years ago; while cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago, I almost tossed it...I’m not sure what made me change my mind and actually start to read the musty pocketbook with browned pages, a broken spine, and too-small print. I’m glad I did; it is, quite simply, an extraordinary story, beautifully written.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I knew nothing about Marie Curie before re
Mar 13, 2009 Shirleen rated it it was amazing
Marie Curie is someone I greatly admire for her dedication to science, her incredible work ethic, her total disdain for material wealth, her love of her children, her love affair with her husband, her humility in spite of great honors, her dedication to help mankind. Additionally, I loved reading her letters to friends and family members. This book taught me that to excel in an area many times means you have to dedicate much of your life to whatever that interest is - in other words, success com ...more
Sydney Skala
Apr 11, 2012 Sydney Skala rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. I didn't know who Marie Curie was and this book thoroughly described her. Marie was a very strong and independent character in the novel. I looked up to that greatly. She would do whatever she needed to get her studying done, and studying always came first. Her relationship with Pierre warmed my heart and broke it at the same time. They were so in love but it broke my heart when they couldn't even afford to buy ores to make the radium. Marie was also very passionate ...more
Jennifer Margulis
Though I love reading memoirs to see how people construct and tell the story of their lives, I realized recently that I have not read many biographies. Looking for a place to start, I saw this biography of Marie Curie listed among the top ten science biographies ever written. That assessment was spot on. This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. Eve Curie gets so close to her characters and puts us so squarely in Marie Curie's point of view that the book reads like a novel. Marie ...more
Tasnim Orin
Jun 02, 2016 Tasnim Orin rated it it was amazing
I read this book in my residential semester at TARC. I passed my afternoon after afternoons with this book in the library for 2 months. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I would love to say this is a must-read for women in STEM. It inspires me a lot in all steps of my Engineering. I loved the childhood part of the book most. This book taught me a woman should not be guided by the social norms and prejudices about her but by her own determination and intelligence. Thanks to Eve Curi ...more
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Feb 28, 2016 Sherri rated it it was amazing
I've always been curious about Marie Curie and her life. She seems to be the sole woman who shows up in lists of historical science greats, and she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for her (and her husband's) discovery of radium.

This biography is written by her daughter, Eva Curie. It's important to know this because there's a lot of hero-worship (or in this case, mother-worship) in the book. Eva Curie loved her mother and admired her tremendously with very good reason. I'm sure Marie
Aug 28, 2011 Tamhack rated it really liked it
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This book was surprising to read just because I knew who Marie Curie was, that she discovered Radium and her work with it. But I didn't know her as a person. Her love and devotion to her husband, Pierre Curie, who they worked side by side. Her as a mother. How humble she was and devoted to her work as a pure scientist. Working for scientist for science sake. She won 2 Noble Prizes and was a director a lab and had positions and honors that women in a man's world was unheard of. She was very passi ...more
What a wonderful tribute to her mother! This biography of Madame Curie, written soon after her death by her youngest daughter, is lively, highly engaging, and a lovely book. The collection of personal letters used to give voice to Madame Curie's personal thoughts combined with all the personal stories that family and friends were willing to share make this extremely readable. I knew little of Madame Curie's personal story and had forgotten that her husband died so early in their lives (and with ...more
Eve Curie tried hard to depict her mother's life and did a pretty good job of it, but there's just too much hero-worship for my taste in a biography. I like them to be more objective.
Jul 24, 2015 Spinster rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I recently watched a documentary on Marie Curie and remembered I'd bought an old biography on a whim - what's a few cents when it might be an interesting book about someone I know very little of, other than the part of Marie Curie being a famous Nobel winning scientist who died as a result of her work. So far many of my book purchases remain seated on the shelf, waiting to be read, but now I had the motivation to pick up Curie's biography and see beyond the details grazed in the documentary.

Nov 26, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marie Curie was a genius and with the determination to teach herself in the unfamiliar topics known at that time. She dedicated herself to education and science. She shared her knowledge of different languages with others. Her husband, Pierre, and herself were able to share their love of one another and of science with the world. Marie endured the loss of Pierre and continue to remain devoted to accomplishing their dreams. She always carried him in her heart until her death. Fame and fortune was ...more
Jul 26, 2013 zfhui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ein sehr interessantes Buch, das ich sehr schnell verschlungen habe. Interessant jedoch mehr aufgrund des spannenden Lebens der Marie Curie und weniger wegen des Schreibstils der Eve Curie. Denn obwohl diese Biographie von der Tochter über die Mutter geschrieben wurde, sind kaum persönliche/psychologische Einblicke enthalten. Damit meine ich keineswegs, dass die Tochter mehr hätte aus dem Privatleben der Curie plaudern sollen, doch E. Curies sachlicher Ton schweift zuweilen in eine fast kindlich ...more
Rhonda Elkins
Mar 22, 2013 Rhonda Elkins rated it it was amazing
I've always known about Madame Curie to a small extent, a great scientist, the discoverer of Radium, but the other day I happened upon the old 1940s movie with Greer Garson titled "Madame Curie" and I watched it. I noticed before it began that it was based on the book written by her daughter Eve in the 1930s. I loved the movie and was so moved by this woman's life, that I just had to read that book, so I immediately ordered it.

This is one of, if not THE best biographies I've ever read, and I've
Jul 09, 2010 Dianne rated it liked it
I am fortunate enough to have stumbled across an original copy, when a local school was cleaning out its library. Fascinating read. A bit "romantic" in the sense that her daughter wrote it as people talk about the deceased at if she was nearly perfect, when in fact we can read between the lines and see that she was not. Not that this matters all that much, but it would have been nice, for instance, to understand her better as a mother. One would think a daughter's biography would h ...more
Kathleen Nelson
Mar 24, 2015 Kathleen Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Although at times this work seems somewhat tedious, this is a wonderful account of a dedicated, inspired woman. Her natural reluctance gave way to a great and important work. She loved her work, her family, and the natural world with an intensity rarely seen among we humans. Finally, she had a determination and will that allowed her access to her dreams. Loved this book!!

Nov 17, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
I snagged a 1937 copy of this biography of Marie Curie by her daughter Eve at a recent book sale. I had just read about it on a blog and was intrigued about the life of this first major female scientist. Written by her loving daughter who was clearly in awe of her reclusive genius mother, the book isn't necessarily a neutral account of Madame Curie. However what it lacks in neutrality it makes up for in passion and an insider's view of this singular life. Beginning with her upbringing in Russian ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Chrismcginn rated it it was amazing
I snagged a 1937 copy of this biography of Marie Curie by her daughter Eve at a recent book sale. I had just read about it on a blog and was intrigued about the life of this first major female scientist. Written by her loving daughter who was clearly in awe of her reclusive genius mother, the book isn't necessarily a neutral account of Madame Curie. However what it lacks in neutrality it makes up for in passion and an insider's view of this singular life. Beginning with her upbringing in Russian ...more
Feb 03, 2016 laskavka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografie
Příběh hezky ubíhá, je to čtivé a zajímavé bez zbytečných detailů o radioaktivitě. Jenom to na mě působilo hrozně "komunisticky" - Marie je nejlepší, nejchytřejší, nejnesobeštější, nejoddanější vlasti a prostě ve všem úplně nej... občas už mi to přišlo trochu přehnané, ale tím nechci nijak snižovat to, co Marie dokázala!
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it
Superlatives fail to describe this story of a woman driven by her thirst for knowledge, her driving herself hard to discover secrets of universe, her good fortune in meeting someone able to see her worth and love her for herself and join in her quest realising her work was worth, the tireless hard labour of years and trials and tribulations before success sparkles in the radium achieved in the laboratory at night, and the recognition that comes in time.

Nobel prizes are valued and rightly, too;
Dec 27, 2012 Paulomonic rated it really liked it
A pleasurable read, but with too much romance and glamour, which Marie Curie's personna does not need. She is hugely impressive as a brilliant human character, and canonization does not contribute to improve what can not be improved. Understandable, though, since the author is Marie Curie's own daughter.
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Kathryn Wickward
May 25, 2015 Kathryn Wickward rated it it was amazing
I first read this book as a youngster, I don't remember how old I was. But I found myself fascinated by the woman who so completely immersed herself in her work as to win two Nobel Prizes. Eve certainly idolizes her mother, and I find this lends the book a certain charm. It allowed me, as a young person, the freedom to add Marie Curie to my growing list of heroines, women who found an outlet for their intellect, without the encumbrance of a laundry list of foibles that more objective biographers ...more
Santosh Rangapure
May 31, 2016 Santosh Rangapure rated it really liked it
Just finished reading this wonderful book of Madame Curie. I read marathi transalation of this book by Ashwini Bhide. I am stunned after reading this book, never thought that a scientist life can be so struggling. The worst conditions in which she worked and dedicated her life for well being of human being is just great. I was really shocked to learn that after 4 years of struggle for discovery of valuable "Radium" Curie couple refrained from patenting the radium-isolation process, so that the s ...more
Natalie Wickham
A search for a new, engaging book to read during my Christmas and New Year’s break led me to the stocked shelves in my dad’s office. A tattered hardback with embossed lettering reading, Madame Curie, caught my eye. Not, I’m now embarrassed to say, because I recognized the name, but because I thought perhaps a good story was hidden within its pages. A brief perusal of the introduction and first chapter sufficiently convinced me of the artful excellence of the author, and it became my companion fo ...more
I was pretty sure I'd read a different edition of this book, but I'm not so sure now. The copy I had had no dustcover, so it would look different.

Fair warning: parts of this book are very harrowing. Particularly the part about Pierre Curie's death. Don't read it anyplace where you have to deal with any stresses right away.

It's probably not surprising that a daughter's book was hagiographic. She loved not only her immediate family (including her brother-in-law), but also the scientific community
Peter R
Jun 05, 2012 Peter R rated it it was ok
Shelves: irp-books
Madame Curie a bibliography written by Eve Curie is about the life of Marie Curie and her contributions to science. Marie was born with the name Manya on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. She was born into the Sklodowska family and later changed her name to Marie Sklodowska when she left Poland to further he studies at the Sorbonne University of Physics in Paris, France.
When Marie left to study in France she met Pierre Curie who at the time was middle aged, and a Professor who was not in love
[When he was a young boy, Dr. Oliver Sacks had been given a copy of the original 1937 edition of Eve Curie's biography of her mother Marie Curie-Sklodowska, the same edition this review is based on in my real-world library.

In his own very personal collection of memoirs, "Uncle Tungsten", Dr. Sacks tells a charming story of how in 1987, as he delivered a lecture about her mother's career, he recognized Eve Curie sitting smiling in the back row. At the end of the lecture she had graciously autogra
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Eve Curie Labouisse, a journalist and humanitarian is best known for her biography of her mother, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. Published in 1937, “Madame Curie” chronicled the life of Marie Curie, who earned the Nobel Prize twice, first in physics in 1903 and again in chemistry in 1911. The book quickly became a best seller and in 1943 was made into a Hollywood film, starring Gre ...more
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