June 1


“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”

— Marie Curie       

The process of raising a child from infancy to early adolescence can span around 12 years. From the early stages of nurturing and caregiving to providing education and guidance, this is a significant commitment of time and effort. Likewise, Marie Curie’s journey to obtain pure radium required her unwavering dedication, nurturing her research, and patiently working towards her goal.

One of the chapters in my book “Smart Habits & Healthy Lifestyle” is about journaling, for obvious reasons. One of the characters in my book is Marie Curie, a fascinating and intriguing figure for students of history.

Marie Curie was one of the most influential scientists of all time. She conducted pioneering work on radioactivity and won Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. She documented ground-breaking work in her notebooks in the laboratory, which formed the basis of numerous scientific papers she published. The notebooks themselves are so radioactive that they have to be kept in lead-lined boxes.

Marie Curie’s radioactive notebooks are invaluable historical artefacts that provide us with insights into her ground-breaking research on radioactivity. These notebooks contain her meticulous experimental observations, measurements, and calculations, offering a glimpse into the scientific process and the development of her theories. 

Here are some of the key lessons we can learn from Marie Curie’s radioactive notebooks:

  1. Pioneering Research: Marie Curie’s notebooks demonstrate her groundbreaking work in the field of radioactivity. She meticulously recorded her observations and experiments, which led to the discovery of new elements like polonium and radium. The notebooks showcase her determination, perseverance, and scientific rigor in uncovering the properties and behavior of radioactive materials.
  2. Dedication to Science: Curie’s notebooks reveal her unwavering commitment to scientific exploration. Despite the challenging and sometimes dangerous nature of her experiments, she meticulously documented her findings. Her dedication and passion for advancing scientific knowledge are evident in the detailed records she maintained.
  3. Scientific Method: The notebooks illustrate Curie’s adherence to the scientific method. She carefully recorded her experimental procedures, including the apparatus used, materials, and environmental conditions. This emphasis on methodical experimentation and data collection highlights the importance of rigorous scientific inquiry.
  4. Quantitative Analysis: Curie’s notebooks showcase her skill in quantitative analysis. She recorded precise measurements, calculations, and mathematical models to understand the behavior of radioactive elements. Her meticulous data analysis played a crucial role in uncovering the laws governing radioactivity.
  5. Collaboration and Legacy: Curie’s notebooks also reveal her collaboration with her husband, Pierre Curie, and other scientists of the time. They exchanged ideas, shared results, and built upon each other’s work. The notebooks reflect the collaborative nature of scientific discovery and the importance of knowledge sharing in advancing scientific understanding.
  6. Safety Precautions: Given the dangerous nature of working with radioactive materials, Curie’s notebooks serve as a reminder of the importance of safety precautions in scientific research. She meticulously recorded her safety protocols, shielding methods, and measures to protect herself and her colleagues from radiation exposure. Her dedication to safety can inspire researchers to prioritize their well-being while conducting experiments.

Overall, Marie Curie’s radioactive notebooks provide a valuable historical record of her groundbreaking research, scientific method, and commitment to advancing our understanding of radioactivity. They serve as a testament to her legacy as a pioneering scientist and continue to inspire future generations of researchers.

“ Wondering, What am I missing?”


Collaboration, Dedication, journaling, Legacy, Mindfulness, Resilence, Safety Precautions

About the Author

Niran (Larinde) Ojomo is a Trusted Advisor, COACH, Speaker and Trainer certified with the Maxwell Leadership Team. He is the founder of Forward-Thinking Generation Next, a forward-thinking organization that challenges individuals and organizations to re-invent themselves, anticipate and adapt to the future and be culturally relevant in an increasingly complex globalized world.

Niran Ojomo

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