Amazing Women: Inspirational Stories by Charles Margerison

By Charles Margerison

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More experiments showed it was powerful on human skin problems Radium was used to burn off cancers ‘Curie therapy’ was the popular name given to the treatment Work with Dabierge, another colleague, and my husband, continued Pure radium was discovered I was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 It was shared with Pierre and Becquerel, for their contributions We used the money to support more research and needy students Radioactivity was not a chemical, but the property of an atom Nature’s gift, if only we could harness it At home, there were problems, as I had a miscarriage in 1903 Fortunately, after recovery, our daughter Eve was born in 1904 It looked as if we could combine family and professional life © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 33 Amazing Women But disaster struck in 1906 Pierre was killed by a horse, in a freak accident As a single mother of two children, I was distraught Sorbonne University offered me Pierre’s position The first female Professor, I continued his work But, the French Science Academy ignored my work Sexism and being Polish, I think, outweighed scientific discoveries But maybe also because there was gossip For a long time after Pierre’s death, I was in shock As a single mother, I tried to balance work and family life It was not easy Through my work, I got to know Paul Langevin, a fellow scientist He had been a student of Pierre’s In my dark days, his support helped me though Paul was five years younger than me Gradually our relationship became more than platonic In 1910, he left his wife and we had a relationship People in the science community knew The gossip developed into a so-called scandal Hard to believe in Paris, where an affair was de rigueur Personal and professional issues became confused But not so for the second Nobel Prize, which I was awarded in 1911 This time for chemistry, measuring the atomic weight of radium My work on radioactivity and x-rays continued During the First World War, it was used to assess serious injuries With my daughter Irene, I set up X-ray vans We trained 150 radiographers Dreadful days, seeing the effects of the bombing and shooting Trying to save our valiant soldiers against the German invaders After the war, recognition for my work came from the USA As well as travel to many countries to encourage scientists That became very important Therefore my discoveries were not patented for self-gain We needed as many people as possible to help Advancing the boundaries to cure illness with radiotherapy treatments Reducing pain and suffering, extending people’s lives and other uses Reflected in The Radium Institute, The organisation that I helped establish in Paris during 1914 © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 34 Amazing Women Another was established in Warsaw in 1932 My sister Bronia became its founding director In addition, my daughter Irene became a scientist She won the Nobel Prize for artificial radioactivity in 1935 Marking an achievement of which Pierre would be proud A mark of progress for which so many gave their lives Working with radioactive dangerous materials Developing the forces of nature to help improve people’s lives En route, I was a mother, scientist, teacher and technical specialist I also worked in managerial roles and as a representative All part of a life that opened up new avenues for all.

I enquired ‘If it will help the country, then I will do it,’ he said In 1805, he was elected President of the United States of America As mother of the President’s children, it was a proud day for me However, I was not there to join in the celebrations Nor was I seen at any public event It would have ruined his reputation if I had visited the capital Can you imagine what people would have said? The President accompanied by a slave girl! The President surrounded by his slave children! Some insinuations were made James T Callendar wrote an article It was published in the Washington Federalist newspaper However, he had no proof We did not want newspaper headlines such as ‘Slave Mother of President’s Children’ Or, ‘President Has Children with Unmarried Mother’ Therefore, I stayed on the plantation The only city that I visited was Paris It changed my life in some ways, but not in others It was an interlude between slavery It was the start of an incredible relationship A relationship with a man who I trusted One that continued for nearly 40 years Indeed, it lasted longer than most marriages © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 57 Amazing Women A relationship with the most powerful man in the country Except, he could not abolish slavery If he had freed me, I would have had to leave Virginia Because of his debts, he needed slaves to run his plantation In all, he had over 100 slaves However, he did what he could for our family With his help, our daughters, Harriet and Beverley, escaped Our sons stayed on the plantation They were freed in the Master’s Will He died on July 4th 1826, aged 83 I was 53 years old and officially remained a slave My best years were behind me What would happen to me?

Lindsay, built the Caroline Chisholm sailing boat Its maiden voyage in 1853 had many young girls on board © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 27 Amazing Women They came from the Jewish Ladies Benevolent Society They sailed under the new laws of the Passenger Act of 1852 In England, some positive changes had been made But, what was happening in Australia? Indeed should I return to supervise the new developments? It would have been easier for me to stay in Britain By that time, I was the mother of five children Therefore, I had my hands full in more senses than one However, duty called and we set off on the long sea voyage In 1854, I returned on the Ballarat ship bound for Melbourne Over 900 pounds in subscriptions had been collected I guarded it carefully There were many people in need of finances Over 3000 people had emigrated under the Loan Society My husband was on the quay waiting to welcome me He had returned in 1851 to work as a Colonial Agent Archibald was delighted to see the family again His news worried me Gold fever had broken out and thousands of people had arrived I was told that women and children needed help Therefore, I set out on a tour of the goldfields © Dr Charles J Margerison - The Amazing People Club 28 Amazing Women Many settlers lived in shacks or tents Conditions in the mining areas were basic Most people were living in makeshift tents It was tough and rough living and particularly bad for the children I proposed some shelter sheds Elsewhere, I could see improvements Life in Sydney was developing However, women did not have the vote They were treated as second class citizens Medical facilities were few and far between In the countryside, living conditions were still basic But, an example had been set The money I had raised was being used to help However, I began to feel unwell In 1857, a kidney disease was diagnosed For a long period of time my energy levels were low It was a difficult time, but I slowly improved During that time, we ran a local shop to make a living By July 1862, I felt strong enough to open a girl’s school It was very satisfying, once again, to be of help After a few years, I knew it was time to move on We decided to return to the UK Arriving in 1866, we lived in Liverpool It was a great contrast to the vast outback of Australia But, the social problems were similar The same was true in London where we lived next Increasingly I needed help, as frailty set in In the evenings, I reflected on my life The days under the Indian sun Then, our migration to Australia Moving to the colonial town of Sydney Caring for my family of four boys and two girls Providing support for immigrants Helping young girls in need Persuading politicians in high places to help Supported throughout by my husband All the time, working to help others in need It was all part of a rich life lived in modest circumstances.

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