Marie Curie: Her 144th Birthday Marked in Handwriting

Marie Curie: Her 144th Birthday Marked in Handwriting

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Marie CurieToday would have been Marie Curie’s 144th Birthday! 

When Google honoured her with a picture on their homepage, I immediately began to wonder about her handwriting.

I’m pleased to say that I was fortunate enough to find her signature and a brief sample of her handwriting! 

So while I looked for her signature and handwriting (see below) I also discovered that she actually won two Nobel prizes. 

One in 1903 for physics and 8 years later another in chemistry. 

Sadly, she didn’t realize how dangerous her research was and she later died from too much exposure to radiation.

Born in Poland, on November 7, 1867 she was the youngest of five children. When she was 24 she went to Paris to study physics.

She met her husband Pierre Curie at the Sorbonne where he was an instructor in physics and chemistry.

They worked together researching radioactivity and discovered a new element which she named polonium in honour of her home  country, Poland.

A brilliant and determined scientist, she became a victim of the very research to which she was so dedicated.

 

So here is her signature:

Marie Curie signature

 

The most striking thing about this signature is the simplicity and clarity which are so obvious.  It is also very legible.  There was nothing artificial about her.  She did not seek fame or glory.

Look at the strength in the signature which is confident but unassuming.  The lines are clean and the stroke unwavering.

 

Following is a brief sample of her actual handwriting in Polish.

Marie Curie's handwriting

 Note the hooks in both M’s which show her tenacity. A true scientist, she had a critical mind and a desire for accuracy. High ideals and a scientist’s curiosity were the hallmarks of her meticulous research.

And yet there is strong evidence of an imaginative quality too. To some this would seem strange because science and imagination would seem to be strange bedfellows.  But in  fact it really isn’t so strange at all.

After all it was Einstein himself who said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

He could have been referring to Marie Curie herself.

 

2 Comment

  1. I realize photo copies distort clearity & can’t be helped. Maybe this is the reason I’m seeing something else.
    I thought it was the final curved hook that indicated tenacity. Unless this is segmented from the rest of the letter “M” isn’t this a beginning stroke? In reference to the tenacity stroke looks more like an anger tick to me & there seems to be no release of tension in the upstrokes either. Recopying?
    Enlighten me.
    Sanyue

    PS.great site very informative

  2. Hi Sanyue

    If you take a look at the Polish versions you will see that the hooks are rounded. Therefore they would not be anger ticks.

    Trait stroke analysis, in fact, would suggest that the initial hook indicates acquisition. But I would dispute it in this instance. There are many tiny end hooks in the Polish version to support tenacity. Beginning hooks and end hooks together can be evaluated to infer holding on or tenacity.

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