On April 19, 1906, physicist Pierre Curie was killed by a wagon. The 39-year-old Marie Curie began to live alone, and three years ago, they just won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
She is sentimental to work and transfers her work to hurt. Also at work, she and Professor Curie’s student Paul Lang Zhiwan – another outstanding scientist has developed feelings. Paul Lang is five years younger than Mary, has military temperament, and is called “cavalry captain”. He is a partner who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Mary. “This will be the second chance for Mary to re-experience her best time in her life.”
But Lang Zhiwan was married, gave birth to four children, and his wife, Jenny, was the daughter of a ceramic worker, violent and rude, and extremely despised her husband’s work. She told him to quit his post at the university and accept the high-paying work of the company. In the quarrel, she even broke his head with a vase. But the woman was keenly aware of Lang Yiwan’s derailment. She hired a private detective and stole Mary Curie’s love letter from Lang’s office and sent the letters to the newspaper.
The French newspaper, who began to spare no effort to attack Marie Curie, was called the “Polish slut” (Mary was born in Poland), and the angry crowd gathered outside the door of her residence. The stone was continuously thrown on the window panel. Everything is only because she is a woman. In that era, she had always been like this. She had worked hard and earned the opportunity to receive education. Her results were based on the names of others. She won the Nobel Prize but could not enter the French Academy of Sciences. After the romance with Lang Zhiwan was made public, he was unscathed, but she was at the center of the storm. The scientists wrote a joint letter asking her to leave France.
At this time, in December 1911, the Nobel Prize Committee of the Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded her this year’s Chemistry Prize to her. People were kind enough to advise her not to accept the prize, so as not to lose sight of her eyes, she insisted on going to Stockholm. Returning from the award, she was on the verge of collapse, and changed her name to the monastery hospital.
She was not destroyed by such an experience, and she was not obscured by men. In her heart, there was a rational dam that stopped the emotional frenzy. After a brief break, she re-entered herself in scientific research. After that, she continued to work for 22 years until July 4, 1934, who died of pernicious anemia caused by long-term radiological research. It is believed that her scientific research results and the strong will she has shown are the wealth she left behind.
She didn’t even hate her love, but she maintained a lifelong friendship with Lang Zhiwan. Moreover, their story has a aftertaste. After many years, her granddaughter Elena Joliot Curie and Langevin’s grandson Michael Langzhiwan got married. This, probably, is a good result.