Marie Curie

Marie Curie

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Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist known mostly for her pioneering research in radioactivity.  Not only was she the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (physics,1903) but she was also the first person to win twice and in two different sciences (chemistry, 1911).

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Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist known mostly for her pioneering research in radioactivity.  Not only was she the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (physics,1903) but she was also the first person to win twice and in two different sciences (chemistry, 1911).

Marie’s work extended into World War I, where she became the director of the Red Cross Radiology Service. Here she set up France's first military radiology centre with inventions of her own designs and, for the benefit of the scientific community, Marie Curie intentionally refrained from patenting the radium-isolation process so that the scientific community could further their research unhindered.

During her lifetime Marie received many monetary gifts and awards and insisted that these gifts be given to the scientific institutions she was affiliated with rather than to her. Albert Einstein reportedly remarked that she was probably the only person who could not be corrupted by fame.

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie

  2. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1903/marie-curie-facts.html

  3. http://www.biography.com/people/marie-curie-9263538#science-celebrity