Each room at 54 St James Street has been carefully named after an inspiring woman who made her mark in history. The Women's Organisation wanted to introduce you to some of these amazing women so you can see why they have been recognised at the Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED)
The Curie Room is one of our smaller meeting rooms, which is stylish, comfortable and designed to facilitate meetings of between 2 and 6 people. These rooms also benefit from natural light, heating and cooling system, which can be controlled from inside the room, and free WiFi connectivity.
Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Marie Sklodowska Curie was born in Warsaw and was a Polish-French physicist chemist. In 1891 she followed her older sister Bronislawa to study in Paris, where she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work. She married Pierre Curie on June 26th 1895. Their first child, Irene, was born in 1897.
Marie Curie was famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first person to be honoured with two Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry. Marie Curie developed methods for the seperation of radiation from radioactive residues in sufficient quantities to allow for its characterisation and the careful study of its properties, therapeutic properties in particular.
Marie Curie, throughout her life actively promoted the use of radium to alleviate suffering and during World War I assisted by her daughter, Irene, she personally devoted herself to this remedial work. She retained her enthusiasm for science throughout her life and did much to establish a radioactivity laboratory in her native city.
In 1929 President Hoover of the United States presented her with a gift of $50,000, donated by American friends of science, to purchase radium for use in the laboratory in Warsaw.