Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity (a term she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium (named after her native country) and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes.
Marie Curie died in 1934, aged 66, at a sanatorium in Sancellemoz (Haute-Savoie), France, of aplastic anemia from exposure to radiation in the course of her scientific research and in the course of her radiological work at field hospitals during World War I.
In the 1943 U.S. Oscar-nominated film, Madame Curie, she was played by Greer Garson and Pierre Curie by Walter Pidgeon. More recently, in 1997, a French film about Pierre and Marie Curie was released, Les Palmes de M. Schutz, where Marie Curie was played by Isabelle Huppert.
- "As historian Spencer Weart recounts, “It all starts with Marie Curie—a vivacious, very determined redhead from Poland.” https://www.atomicheritage.org/…/ahf-launches-program-frenc…