Manya—A Visit with Marie Curie

Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie

Famous scientist Marie Curie, as portrayed by storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak, visited CHF as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Best known for her discovery of radium and radioactivity, Curie was the first woman to receive a doctorate in the sciences in Europe, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes, and the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne.

From political oppression, to scientific emergence and fame, to the tragedy that forced her into single motherhood as well as further world prominence, Manya’s story reveals a compelling journey.

Robert Hicks, director of the Mütter Museum, introduced Frontczak and described Curie’s visit to Philadelphia in 1921.

This Women in Chemistry program was part of the Philadelphia Science Festival and presented in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Mütter Museum of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.


This event is part of CHF’s year-long celebration of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), a United Nations–designated initiative celebrating chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.

CHF gratefully acknowledges The Dow Chemical Company for its sponsorship of this IYC 2011 community event.


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