The Life of Marie Skłodowska Curie in Humanity Needs Dreamers


Last week, there was a free showing of “Humanity Needs Dreamers” an immersive science film in which you meet Marie Skłodowska Curie – the two-time Nobel prize winner — played by Susan Marie Frontczak.

Marie Skłodowska Curie

Marie Skłodowska Curie

Marie Skłodowska Curie in 1920. Credit: Wikipedia.

Marie Skłodowska Curie is best known for pioneering the field of radioactivity but few understand the obstacles she faced just to enter the laboratory.

As a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity,  she was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

I saw an early version of the film and it’s very good. Filmmaker Jen Myronuk and her team have produced a highly original work and the subject of the Polish scientist Marie Skłodowska Curie is very inspirational.

The screening is part of the Taste of Science educational festival and also commemorates the 150th birthday of Marie Skłodowska Curie.  

Humanity Needs Dreamers was shown at 7 pm on November 9, 2017 – Monument House, 140 9th Street in San Francisco.

Written and performed by former engineer and living history scholar Susan Marie Frontczak, Humanity Needs Dreamers presents a first-hand look at Curie’s early life in Poland through her groundbreaking research in France.

Filmmaker Jen Myronuk led a post-screening Q & A with the performer live via Skype followed by trivia with prizes in celebration of Curie’s 150th birthday, including an edible elements birthday cake.

Also in attendance was Holly Million, Founder of Artists United, an organization that addresses the global need for artists and scientists to collaborate, to also raise ideas for bringing science stories to the stage.

Tom Foremski
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