Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) was a Polish scientist who won a Nobel prize in both Chemistry and Physics (making her the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize, and the first person to win the Nobel Prize for two separate categories).
She made ground-breaking work in the field of Radioactivity, enabling radioactive isotypes to be isolated for the first time. During the First World War, Curie developed the practical use of X-Rays; she also discovered two new elements, polonium and radium. Her pioneering scientific work was made more remarkable because of the discrimination which existed against women in science at the time. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris and broke down many barriers for women in science.
Marie Curie exhibited amazing levels of focus, determination, perseverance and commitment during her life…a “real spirit of sacrifice”. She also displayed a profound regard for the welfare of humanity. She asked any financial prizes to be given to research bodies rather than herself, despite living a fairly frugal life. During the First World War, she offered her Nobel Prizes to the French Treasury.
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