It is at this time, the Swedish Academy of Sciences wrote to her trying to persuade her not to come to Stockholm to receive her Nobel prize so that the ‘adulteress’ do not shake hands with the Swedish king.
“I am convinced that you [should] continue to hold this riffraff in contempt…if the rabble continues to be occupied with you, simply stop reading that drivel. Leave it to the vipers it was fabricated for.”
“The prize has been awarded for the discovery of radium and polonium. I believe that there is no connection between my scientific work and the facts of private life. I cannot accept … that the appreciation of the value of scientific work should be influenced by libel and slander concerning private life.”
They painted her as a Jewish seductress, a home breaker, and a woman of disrepute conveniently ignoring her glorious achievements in science. Marie returned home from a conference in Belgium to find an angry mob surrounding her house, tormenting her two daughters. She quickly packed up her family and fled to a friend’s home.
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We live in a disposable society. Try as we might to find the next best thing, however, there are some elements of life we just can’t approach that way. Our relationships are one of them. If we want to build partnerships that support us and nurture us through this life, we have to stop seeing them as throwaway objects or temporary pit stops. We have to look for partners who have what we want right out of the gate. And we have to look for people who are good and honest.
It’s not all about the other person, though. To attract the right partner, you first have to be the right partner yourself. Cultivate a greater self-confidence. Know who you are and what you want from your life. Don’t look to someone else to give you a sense of validation or belonging. Don’t live your life expecting a relationship to make you happy. Find those things for yourself and then find a partner and a partnership which complements it.
Paul’s wife grew suspicious and she hired a private investigator to keep a watch on them. The investigator broke into their love pad and got indiscriminating letters that Marie had written to Paul in passion. She leaked the letters to the press and the French newspapers had a field day lapping up the story of the famous scientist with a torrid love affair. It became one of the hottest scandals of that time.
She died in 1934 from prolonged illness due to her continuous exposure to radioactive materials. Marie proved that science is not always practiced by cold-blooded, highly-logical individuals who do not make any mistakes. Even the best of brains can make mistakes and wrong judgments simply because we are all humans and humans are not infallible.
It can be hard to describe the emotions we feel when we finally meet that “forever person” we want to spend our lives with. There’s excitement, but also a nervousness too. It’s not easy to open up to someone else, and it can be even more challenging to make the kind of compromises it takes to withstand the test of time.
How do we know when we’ve found the right person? How do we know this is the individual we’re meant to share and grow with? While we all need and want different things from our relationships (and our lives) there are a few core traits we should look for before we commit to something long term. From empathy to humor and emotional intelligence — getting it right in love requires us to first to build some understanding and boundaries.
That was when she fell in love again. This time with Paul Langevin, a scientist five years her junior and a former student of Pierre. There would have been no scandal, had Paul not been a married man with four kids. The two became inseparable and soon they started making secret visits to a ‘love nest’ they had taken up in Paris.
Marie won her second Nobel Prize. She attended the ceremony even though the committee wanted her to skip it. The furor died down eventually, aided by her fanatic dedication towards science and the brave effort she put during world war 1 in which she put together a fleet of vehicles carrying portable X-ray machines, called ‘Petites Curies’ to help doctors image broken bones, shrapnel and bullets in patients on the front lines.
Are you ready to settle down with someone and build a future with them? Are you ready to invest yourself in one partnership and one vision? In order to do this, you have to get clear on what you want and put yourself in the right places to meet someone with the mental and emotional depth you need.