Thanks for a great opening week to Connection Combat, everyone! The winner of last week's battle was James Watson, who is 29 steps from AJ in the Global Tree. Poor Francis Crick didn't stand a chance.
We're going to change the rules a little this week, but more on that after I announce this week's competitors - two amazing women in a fight of the physicists:
Marie Curie vs. Maria Goeppert Mayer
Most of you know Marie Curie as a pioneer of radiation, but are probably less familiar with Maria Goeppert Mayer. Goeppert Mayer is known for her work developing a mathematical model to explain why some numbers of nucleons in an atomic nucleus are more stable than others. Marie and Maria were both born in what is now Poland, and are the only two women to have won Nobel Prizes in physics.
Here are the rules:
1. The first person to connect one of these profiles to the Global Tree is the winning researcher, and that profile is the Connection Combat winner.* Post in this thread when you have found the connection, so we know who found it first.
2. Once the winning profile is announced, we go to BONUS ROUND!!! In the bonus round, researchers have the chance to try to connect the other profile. They have 72 hours, and if the connection to AJ is closer than that of the winning profile, the person who made the connection is also considered a winning researcher.
3. Please cite your sources! Connections will be checked from the point of the contest profile to the person they connected to in the Global Tree. The connection point through to AJ will be checked for glaring errors, omissions, and mythologies. If the connection is deemed invalid between AJ and the connecting point, the researcher will still be named the winner (and the profiles will be asked about in G2G). If the connection is invalid between the contest profile and the connection point due to lack of sources, and no sources are provided after the researcher is asked to add them, we will go directly to Bonus Round and the other contest profile becomes the winning profile when it becomes connected (pending sources).
(A note on sources: Abby Glann said it best when she posted in the G+ community, "I know that sometimes you look at other family tree sites to help track down where a connection to be, and that is okay as a directive but we really really don't want to use those sites as sources. We set ourselves to a higher standard. So when you find those links please find actual sources to support them. It makes such a difference, and makes it easier for others to come in and continue your research.")
Let's have fun, make some connections, and crown the winning physicist!
* The winning profile gets to be one of Eowyn's WikiPicks on the WikiTree blog, and the person who found and made the connection gets a template they can put on their profile, and a mention in the Connection Combat Hall of Fame.