As part of the commemorations of year 2011 as the year of chemistry and centenary of Marie Sklodowska Curie's award of the Nobel Prize, ,Magdalena Rutkowska has been working for several months on a project named, "Curieosity" with support from many international institutions, students and members of the public. The inspirations behind the "Curieosity" project are the life and achievements of Marie Sklodowska Curie and to celebrate the success of women in science.
In appreciation of Marie Sklodowska Curie, the first woman awarded the Nobel Prize, and to Prof. Lesley Yellowlees, the first woman president of RSC, Magdalena created an anniversary painting of "Madame Curie" and the portrait of Lesley Yellowlees painting by Tomasz Milasz. Both paintings which symbolise the significance of women in science have been placed in the Royal Society of Chemistry headquarters in London Piccadilly. Below are few words from the letter received form elect president Lesley Yellowlees regarding the future of both paintings.
The only signed reproduction of the anniversary painting will also be presented to the Marie Sklodowska Curie institute in Warsaw.
"On behalf of the RSC I should like to thank you for the contribution to
the International Year of Chemistry and to mark my election as President
of the Royal Society of Chemistry from July 2012. I am really pleased
that we have managed to inspire so many people and organisations to
celebrate the vital contribution of chemistry and chemists to our
society, both past and present, during this UN sponsored year for the
subject and I very much hope to sustain the momentum that we have built
up during my term in office.
I have asked that both portraits are added to the RSC's collections of
chemistry related objects. They will be used, and displayed, on relevant
occasions and will play a role in the future life of the organisation. I
hope that you will feel that this is a fitting tribute to your efforts
and commitment because it is only through our ability to inspire and
motivate will the RSC advance the science that we all believe in and is
so vital to improve and sustain the quality of our lives and ensure a
sustainable future for the next generations of citizens."
Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry
Vice Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering
University of Edinburgh
PRESIDENT ELECT ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY