Hail Marie

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Published: Saturday 30 September 1995

Polish-born Marie Curie was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize. She is perhaps the also the first woman scientist whose life Hollywood thought eventful enough to make a film on. She was portrayed as a paragon of scientific virtue, noble and self-sacrificing. Now, a long-awaited biography***(aaaaarrrgh! what is the name of the book?) written by Susan Quinn peels back the mildewed layers of myth to reveal her as an aesthete of no mean amplitude. In her younger days, Madam Curie wrote winsome poems and even conjured and set up practical jokes. But her adulthood was spent racked by illness and rivalry from a brutally male-dominated profession.

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