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Marie Curie Sorobonne inaugural lecture

Nov 05, 1906

In 1906 Marie Curie gave her inaugural lecture as the first woman lecturer at the Sorbonne. She explained the theory of ions in gases and her treatise on radioactivity to 120 students, members of the public and representatives of the press. It was on this same day, 15 years earlier, Nov. 5, 1891, that she first enrolled at the Sorbonne. Following the accidental death of her husband, Pierre Curie, in1906, she was invited to occupy the Physics Chair at the Sorbonne he had held. Madame Curie, co-awarded the Nobel physics prize with her husband in 1903 and herself a recognized international authority on radioactivity, continued the work she started with her husband.

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