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Marie was a famous physician

for her work on radioactivity
and she won the Nobel Prize


Maria Salomea Skodowska was born in Warsaw Kingdom of Poland on 7
November 1867, then part of the Russian Empire.
CitizenshipPolish (by birth)
French (by marriage)

Died: 4 July 1934 (aged 66) Passy, Haute-Savoie, France

Cause of death: Aplastic anemia

physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She
was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win
twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences (physics and chemistry)
and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first
woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.
Marie with her husband Pierre Curie, led to the discovery of polonium and radium
and, after Pierre's death, the further development of X-rays.

Her parents were both teachers, and she was the youngest of five
children. As a child Curie took after her father, Wladyslaw, a maths
and physics instructor. She had a bright and curious mind and
excelled at school. But tragedy struck early, and when she was only
11, Curie lost her mother, Bronislawa, to tuberculosis.

Marie and Pierre Curie (her husband) were dedicated scientists and completely
devoted to one another. At first, they worked on separate projects. She was
fascinated with the work of Henri Becquerel, a French physicist who discovered that
Curie took Becquerel's work a few steps further, conducting her own experiments on
uranium rays. She discovered that the rays remained constant, no matter the
condition or form of the uranium. The rays, she theorized, came from the element's
atomic structure. This revolutionary idea created the field of atomic physics and
Curie herself coined the word radioactivity to describe the phenomena.

She discovered a new radioactive element in 1898. She named the
element polonium, after Marie's native country of Poland. She also
detected the presence of another radioactive material in the
pitchblende, and called that radium.

Marie Curie made history in 1903 when she became the first woman to receive the
Nobel Prize in physics. She won the prestigious honor along with her husband and
Henri Becquerel, for their work on radioactivity. With their Nobel Prize win, the
Curies developed an international reputation for their scientific efforts, and they
used their prize money to continue their research.
Curie received another great honor in 1911, winning her second Nobel Prize, this
time in chemistry. She was selected for her discovery of radium and polonium, and
became the first scientist to win two Nobel Prizes.

Nobel Prize in Physics (1903)
Davy Medal (1903)
Matteucci Medal (1904)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1909)
Albert Medal (1910)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1911)
Willard Gibbs Award (1921)


Big admiration.
Thanks to this woman and her discovery working with radioactive elements today the
field of medicine and science in general has important contributions that are essential for
our survival . If she hadnt discovered x-ray, she wouldnt have helped us.
Marie Curie was a role model for women reach for recognition and independence , her
contribution to science earned her two Nobel prizes .
If she helped a lot of people with her discoveries she would be happy.


Marie Curie made many breakthroughs in her lifetime. She is the most famous female
scientist of all time, and has received numerous posthumous honors. In 1995.
Her work on radioactivity humanity expanded knowledge of nuclear physics and
produced enormous advances in cancer treatment , although the dangers to which
she was exposed were unknown at the time and died from being exposed so long to
elements radioactive , is her great contribution today.
Marie knew, she could die if she continued working with radioactive elements, but it
was not an impediment for her.