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The Genius of Marie Curie - The Woman Who Lit up the World

Multi-layered documentary revealing the human story of Marie Curie, whose pioneering research on radioactivity made her the world's most famous female scientist.

Over 80 years after her death, Marie Curie remains by far the best-known female scientist. In her lifetime, she became that rare thing - a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip. They were fascinated because she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and is still the only person to have won two Nobels in two different sciences. But while the bare bones of her scientific life, the obstacles she had to overcome, the years of painstaking research and the penalty she ultimately paid for her discovery of radium have become one of the iconic stories of scientific heroism, there is another side to Marie Curie - her human story.

This multi-layered film reveals the real Marie Curie, an extraordinary woman who fell in love three times, had to survive the pain of loss, and the public humiliation of a doomed love affair. It is a riveting portrait of a tenacious mother and scientist, who opened the door on a whole new realm of physics, which she discovered and named - radioactivity.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 21 Jun 2018 21:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Gideon Bradshaw
Director Gideon Bradshaw
Presenter David Malone
Presenter Geraldine James
Executive Producer Marcus Herbert
Executive Producer Jonathan Renouf
Participant Julie Des Jardins
Participant Patricia Fara
Participant Malgorzata Sobieszczak-Marciniak
Participant Renaud Huynh
Participant Andrea Sella
Participant Helene Langevin-Joliot
Participant Helena Pycior
Participant Jean-Luc Pasquier
Participant Tereza Kaczorowska

Broadcasts

  • Fri 3 May 2013 21:00
  • Sat 4 May 2013 22:40
  • Mon 13 May 2013 23:20
  • Sun 19 May 2013 23:00
  • Tue 18 Aug 2015 22:00
  • Thu 20 Aug 2015 02:00
  • Mon 16 May 2016 23:00
  • Tue 17 May 2016 03:00
  • Mon 18 Dec 2017 00:00
  • Thu 21 Jun 2018 21:00