Famous Photo of Scientist Marie Curie Actually Depicts A Modern Actress

The photo depicts an actress and was shot in 2001 by Paul Schroder

Photo of Marie Curie isn't actually her
The modern photo which was mistaken for a photo of Marie Curie herself.Paul Schroder

Susan Marie Frontczak is an actress who portrays Marie Curie as part of a one woman show called Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie. She does such a good job in the role that a picture of her taken in 2001 has been mistakenly used on a variety of stamps from around the world meant to honor Curie herself.

At first glance, it seems pretty obvious that the picture above (actually taken in 2001) isn’t old enough to portray Curie at that age. Our friends over at Pop Sci have an actual picture of Curie in her lab that hammers home the authenticity cues.

Susan Marie Frontczak is an actress who portrays Marie Curie as part of a one woman show called Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie. She does such a good job in the role that a picture of her taken in 2001 has been mistakenly used on a variety of stamps from around the world meant to honor Curie herself.

At first glance, it seems pretty obvious that the picture above (actually taken in 2001) isn’t old enough to portray Curie at that age. Our friends over at Pop Sci have an actual picture of Curie in her lab that hammers home the authenticity cues.

To date, the image has been depicted on stamps from countries like Mali, The Republic of Togo, Zambia, and the Republic of Guinea.

The stamps don’t actually depict the actual photograph, but rather a stylized drawing made from the original source image, which muddies the waters a bit in terms of the intellectual property issues for both the photographer and the model involved.

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