Marie Curie, quiet, dignified and unassuming, was held in high
esteem and admiration by scientists throughout the world. Her work
is recorded in numerous papers in scientific journals.
Davy, who had the greatest influence on Faraday's
thinking, had shown in 1807 that the metals sodium and potassium
can be precipitated from their compounds by an electric current, a
process known as electrolysis. Faraday's vigorous pursuit of these
experiments led in 1834 to what became known as Faraday's laws of