When Google remembered Marie Curie’s 144th Birthday with a picture on their homepage, I immediately began to wonder about her handwriting.
I’m pleased to say that I was fortunate enough to find her signature and a brief sample of her handwriting!
So while I looked for her signature and handwriting (see below) I also discovered that she actually won two Nobel prizes. One in 1903 for physics and 8 years later another in chemistry.
Sadly, she didn’t realize how dangerous her research was and she later died from too much exposure to radiation.
Born in Poland, on November 7, 1867 she was the youngest of five children. When she was 24 she went to Paris to study physics.
She met her husband Pierre Curie at the Sorbonne where he was an instructor in physics and chemistry. They worked together researching radioactivity and discovered a new element which she named polonium in honour of her home country, Poland.
A brilliant and determined scientist, she became a victim of the very research to which she was so dedicated.
The most striking thing about this signature is the simplicity and clarity which are so obvious. It is also very legible. There was nothing artificial about her. She did not seek fame or glory.
Look at the strength in the signature which is confident but unassuming. The lines are clean and the stroke unwavering.
Following is a brief sample of Marie Curie’s handwriting in Polish.
Note the hooks in the M’s of both signatures which show her tenacity. A true scientist, she had a critical mind and a desire for accuracy. High ideals and a scientist’s curiosity were the hallmarks of her meticulous research.
And yet there is strong evidence of an imaginative quality too. To some this would seem strange because science and imagination would seem to be strange bedfellows. But in fact it really isn’t so strange at all.
After all it was Einstein himself who said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
He could have been referring to Marie Curie herself.