Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Friday, 23 December 2011 23:54
Read about Marie's adolescence in Poland in the earlier article.
After the finish of love affair with Casimir Zorawski and due to better financial situation in Sklodowski's household Manya was able to buy a 3rd class train ticket, pack up lots of belonging - cloths, food and even a quilt and take a 3-days trip to Paris in Fall 1891.
Since the very beginning Manya took her scientific studies at the Sorbonne University very seriously. She was always sitting in the first row during Physics classes to be able to listen and understand as much as she could. Still, it was not easy start. She had to get used to study in a different country, in different language and culture. She was one of the very few women - there were only 23 women among 1,800 students in Faculty of Science, so naturally she attracted lots of attention. Besides, she was a foreigner from a Slavic country, with beautiful ash-blond hair. But the boys were the last thing on Maria's mind in that moment. She had to study a lot to compensate for lack in some education fields from her Russian only female gymnasium many years ago. She took also laboratories courses. They were not easy, but the fact that she was able to conduct some experiments at The Museum of Industry and Agriculture which was run by Joseph Buguski, her cousin, helped her to get her some technical experience before starting the university studies in Paris.