Today, November 7th, marks the 144th anniversary of the birth of Marie Curie. Marie Curie was an amazing and inspiring scientist, and was even chosen as “the most inspirational woman in science” in a 2009 magazine poll. To honor and tribute this remarkable individual, the Google homepage is celebrating the 144th anniversary of her birth with a delightful impressionistic looking Google doodle.
The doodle itself is actually quite appropriate for the time in which Curie lived. Impressionist art was taking shape during that time in France and Poland from where Curie hailed. In fact this year, 2011, is the Year of Marie Curie in both France and Poland. Curie did leave Poland when she was considered too poor to marry her fiance at the time. She moved to France where she met Pierre Curie. The Curies worked with radioactivity and that brought them to win the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Marie Curie was a Nobel Prize winner not once, but twice. Only one other person has achieved that great honor. Learn more about Marie Curie and see today’s Google doodle in the video below.
Marie Curie is not the only notable science figure to have an honorary Google Doodle. Thomas Edison, Gregor Mendel, and more have been given a tribute as well.