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In December 1911, Marie sat in a room with the king of Sweden. The king gave her the solid gold medal. Marie held her head high and made a speech. A fancy banquet was served with artichokes, fish, chicken, and wine. Her daughter Irene and her sister Bronia were there to share her joy. It was a thrilling experience for them all, and fourteen-year-old Irene would remember it all her life. It wouldn’t be the last time Irene would make that special trip to Stockholm. Chapter 9 A Family of Scientists Winning her second Nobel Prize must have been wonderful for Marie, but the terrible scandal with Paul Langevin had taken a toll on her.
They liked to watch it glow in the dark. Marie didn’t know it at the time, but handling radium wasn’t a good idea. The rays it gave off were dangerous. Touching it damaged her skin, although slowly. Henri Becquerel had carried a glass tube of radium salts around in his jacket. A few weeks later, his skin was burned in the spot where the radium had been. Pierre found the same thing happened to him. Being around radium damaged the insides of their bodies, too. It was making them sick. Still, Marie kept working and writing research reports about her discoveries.
They let him find his own way. When he discovered how much he liked math and science, he went from being a slow learner to being super fast. By the time Pierre was twenty-three years old he was teaching college! The minute Marie and Pierre met, they each knew that the other was special. ” Marie knew that Pierre was the kind of man she could talk to and trust. She invited him to her tiny room to discuss science and sip tea. Very soon, Pierre was in love with Marie. He wanted to marry her, but Marie was not so sure.