Madame Curie - Study Guide Part 3: Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

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In her forties, Marie takes on the fragile, grief-stricken look Eve and Irene would always associate with their mother. Marie is appointed to the titular professorship at the Sorbonne in 1908, and in 1910, she publishes the Treatise on Radioactivity. During this busy time, Marie continues her research despite the steady deterioration of her health. She collaborates with long-time friend Andre Debierne in preparing pure radium, a difficult operation that is never repeated. She devises a method of "weighing" radioactive substances by their emanations and creates a service of measures in the laboratory that scientists and doctors can use. She also prepares the first international standard of radium.

In 1910, Marie, having refused the cross of the French Legion of Honor, is persuaded to present herself to the Academy of Science, unaware of the envy around her. She is afraid of seeming pretentious to her adopted...

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