May 14th is Museum night in Portugal, a European cultural initiative that offers free museum exhibitions ‘til midnight.
One of the Coimbra exhibitions caught my eye. It’s from science’s heady past, when its leading scientists were revered for their devotion to expanding human knowledge.
The exhibition “Maria Skłodowska Curie: Madame Curie” is associated with the celebration of the International Year of Chemistry and the centenary of the attribution of the Nobel Prize of Chemistry to Madame Curie. This exhibition was organized with the collaboration of the Museum Maria Skłodowska Curie in Warsaw, the Archives of Polish Academy of Sciences and the Curie Museum in Paris, in a partnership with the Chemistry Department of the University of Minho and the Science Museum of the University of Lisbon.
The exhibition not only illuminates the working conditions and tools the Madame Curie had at her disposal, but puts the spotlight on the Portuguese connection: Mário Augusto da Silva, Branca Edmée Marques and Manuel Valadares all worked as her research assistants and are profiled in the exhibition.