Honoring Maria Sklodowska Curie


An exhibit honoring 150 Anniversary of the birth of Maria Sklodowska Curie, made possible by the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC, the Polish American Breast Cancer Awareness Program (Amber Coalition) and the Warsaw Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International in on display in the James R. Thompson State Building, 100 W Randolph, in Downtown Chicago.

This expo celebrates the famous scientist, known as “the Mother of Radioactivity and Nuclear Medicine”. Her discoveries provided basis for management of breast cancer and many other malignancies.  

Maria Skłodowska – Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who Received the Noble Prize twice, and was the first person ever to do so. In 1903, she shared the prize for physics with her husband, Pierre, for investigating radioactivity.  In 1911 she was awarded her second Nobel prize, this none in nuclear chemistry, for producing radium as pure metal and documenting the properties of radioactive elements and their compounds. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.During her visits to America in 1921 she received a precious gift of radioactive Radium from President Harding.  During her second visit to the US in 1929, the President Hoover said the similar gift was expression on the part of American people of their gratitude for the “beneficient service of Madame Curie has given to all mankind”.  The gift was used for Madame Curie continuation of her research on radioactivity.  

It will be on display until January 8, 2018.
„Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” • „One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”• „Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” Maria Sklodowski – Curie