Warsaw of Maria Skłodowska-Curie
– guided walk
We invite you for a themed walk in the footsteps of the two-time Nobel laureate – Maria Skłodowska-Curie.
The first female professor in the history of the Sorbonne.
Also the first woman awarded the Nobel Prize.
She received it in physics in 1903 together with her husband Pierre Curie and Henry Becquerel. Also the first woman awarded the second Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1911.
Maria Skłodowska was a native of Warsaw, she was born at Freta Street, where her Biographical Museum is currently located.
In 2011, a mural commemorating her place of birth was painted on the walls of the tenement house. Unfortunately, after renovating the facade of the tenement house, this mural no longer exists 🙁
Maria was born in a tenement house standing here, but she did not live there for too long. When Maria was around 10-11 months, her family moved to Nowolipki Street, where Maria spent her childhood. Unfortunately, neither the tenement house nor the street survived the Second World War.
Maria dreamed of studying, but in the XIX century, when Poland was under partitions, in the Russian Partition, no universities allowed girls to study. Maria when she was 24 decides to go to Paris and study at the Sorbonne.
But Warsaw has become her beloved city. She loved to go to the Vistula River, and also here she returned with her thoughts while living in Paris. In Warsaw she wanted to create a Radium Institute similar to the one she had run in Paris. This dream has been realized – the Institute has been functioning to this day.
During the Warsaw of Maria Skłodowska-Curie walk we will show you places such as:
- Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary – baptism place of Maria Skłodowska;
- Freta 16 – home of birth, today’s Museum of Maria Skłodowska-Curie;
- Saint Jacek’s church – where she received First Holy Communion
- Central Agricultural Library – where the Museum of Industry and Agriculture was located. Scientific and research center, where in the museum laboratories Maria was preparing for the entrance exams to the University of Sorbonne;
- Bristol Hotel – where Maria was welcomed as a two-time Nobel laureate, and a banquet in her honor was held.
- Square of priest Jan Twardowski – here was the III Female Government Junior High School, to which Maria attended;
- Marshal Joseph Piłsudski Square – where the “Poles faithful to their monarchs” monument stood, it was here that patriotic Polish youth had their special ritual.
- University of Warsaw – one of the most important Polish universities, where Maria was later proposed to take the Chair of Experimental Physics in 1919, which she abandoned. The university honored the Nobel laureate with the title of Honorary Professor;
- Staszic Palace – here was the Warsaw Scientific Society, of which Maria was an Honorary Member, to commemorate her figure, in the palace one of the halls was named after Maria Skłodowska-Curie;
Other places related to Warsaw of Maria Skłodowska-Curie:
There are still many places associated with the Nobel Prize winner in Warsaw. First of all, the Oncology Center – Instytut im. Maria Skłodowska-Curie. Also the family tomb at the Powązki cemetery (Maria herself was buried in France in the Paris Pantheon). As well as the Warsaw University of Technology which gave the scientist the title of doctor honoris causa.