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Making Marie CurieIntellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information$
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Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226235844

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226235981.001.0001

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(p.viii) (p.1) Introduction
Making Marie Curie

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on Marie Curie’s place in our present collective consciousness, paying particular attention to her role as a celebrity. By establishing the contours of her current fame, the discussion then continues to raise questions regarding issues of gender and biographical treatment in the history of science. Ultimately, the chapter delineates the way in which the representational bounty surrounding Marie Curie constitutes the source material for the book and underlines how such an approach means recognizing that the hybrid traces of laboratory notebooks, articles, papers, patents, legal doctrine, advertising, penny press clippings, and popular science articles as well as the polls, encyclopedias, top-ten lists, biographies and biopics are as relevant to the ongoing cultural construction of Curie as any biographical (or even scientific) so-called fact.

Keywords:   biography, meta biography, legacy, fame, celebrity culture

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