Marie Curie was a super-famous scientist who discovered radium, polonium, and a whole bunch of other cool things. (For more details on her life, check out our "In A Nutshell" section.) She influenced generations and generations of scientists. Her influence on chemistry, physics, and science in general cannot be overstated. But Curie also died from radiation poisoning. Turns out that one of the risks of discovering and chillin' with radium is that it just might kill you. Does this make scientific discovery dangerous? You betcha. And that's just what Adrienne Rich is after in "Power."
Marie would totally do it all again. Scientific discovery is for the benefit of all of humankind; one small life doesn't matter.
Marie definitely learned her lesson by, you know, dying of radiation poisoning. There's no way she would die for science again.