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Marie Curie: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1903, Marie Curie shared a Nobel Prize with her husband. In 1911, she won her second for her work in radioactivity. This guide provides access to material related to "Marie Curie" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Marie Curie (Bottom Left) and President Warren G. Harding (Bottom Right) at the Whitehouse. October 13, 1929. Evening Star (Washington, DC), Image 95. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Labeled as “a very modest and undemonstrative woman,” by the Pacific Commercial Advertiser in 1910, Marie Curie’s accomplishments in the fields of science and physics were anything but. One of the most renowned scientists in history, Marie made her mark in her field in 1898 when along with her husband, discovered the new elements radium and polonium. Throughout her life, she dedicated her time to the study of these new elements and their practical applications. She was rewarded for her work with the Nobel Prize in 1903. She traveled to the US for the first time in 1921 where she was presented with 1 gram of radium by then President Warren Harding. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


July‑December 1898 Marie Curie, along with her husband, discover new elements “polonium” and “radium”
1900 Curie becomes first woman faculty member at Ecole Normale Superieure (a French institute of higher education)
June 1903 Curie receives her doctorate from the University of Paris December, 1903 Curie and her husband are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
April 19, 1906 Curie’s husband is killed in a road accident.
1921 Curie is presented with 1 gram of radium by US President Warren Harding at the White House.