Today’s Nobel science poem is a kyrielle for the first person EVER to win two Nobel Prizes: Marie Curie…because…
today is Marie Curie’s birthday!!
How to write a kyrielle:
A kyrielle is a rhyming poem originally from France. It’s written in four-line stanzas in which the last line of each stanza is repeated. Each line is eight syllables long.
Nobel Laureate – Marie Curie:
Marie Curie (originally Maria Skłodowska) and her husband Pierre Curie won the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics. Marie Curie went on to become the first person to ever win a second Nobel prize: the 1911 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. What a massive achievement!
By Cristy Burne
Maria studied chemistry
She had to do so secretly
But just as well she did, you see
From Poland to Paris she came
She found a lab, she changed her name
She worked beside Pierre Curie
“Far out,” she said, her eyes ablaze
“These rocks give off some crazy rays
“Methinks they show proclivity
She tested loads of different rocks
She measured their electric shocks
She worked with objectivity
But one rock rocked her cranium
With more rays than uranium!
She burned to solve the mystery
Called pitchblende (now uraninite)
The rock contained, to her delight
New elements you could not see
“I’ve found two fab new elements
“And proved it in experiments
“And one glows inexhaustibly
Excited by her thrilling find
She kept her nose well to the grind
“The world is better off,” said she
She worked non-stop, progress was slow
She cured disease, made watches glow
And then she died, unfortunately,
Sadly, Marie Curie died in 1934 from anaemia caused by her exposure to radiation. She was 66.
Her research and discoveries led directly to new ways of treating diseases including cancer. You can read more about Marie Curie’s incredibly legacy here.
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