Winning Year: 1939
Author: Eleanor Doorly
Title: Radium Woman

Original Publisher: Heinemann
Current Publisher: Hesperides Press
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This is a children's biography of the discoverer and inventor of radium and radioactivity, Marie Curie nee Sklodovska. The book is based on her daughter's fascinating account of Marie's life. Marie's discoveries opened the door to deep changes in the way scientists think about matter and energy. She led the way to a new era for medical knowledge and the treatment of diseases.

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Eleanor Doorly was an award-winning British writer of children's books. She was born in Jamaica, but moved to England upon the premature death of her father. She was a "lank, lonely child" according to her lifelong friend W Fayerman. She was raised by a great-aunt in Leamington Spa, went to Leamington High School and studied in a French lycee. She obtained a degree in History and French and taught at the North London Collegiate College School.

Eleanor had an enduring love for France, which was reflected in her literary output. She wrote three popular biographies of famous French scientists - Fabre, Pasteur, and Curie.

She was a strong and inspiring headmistress of Twickenham County School for seven years and the King's High School for Girls in Warwick for twenty-two years. On her retirement she became ill and went to live in Dartmouth, where she died in 1950.


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This inspirational book presents a moving and gripping portrayal of a woman of intelligence, courage and determination who made one of the great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of radium, and who served the greater good of humanity without counting the personal cost.

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