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Maria Sklodowska-Curie

Maria Sklodowska-Curie

 Maria Sklodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934)

I am one of those who think like Nobel, than humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.”

- Polish-born French physical chemist;
- Maria Sklodowska-Curie was a first person to win a Nobel Prize twice (in 1903 and 1911) for two different subjects (Physics and Chemistry);
- she was famous for discovering radium and polonium; along with her husband Pierre Curie they worked on radiation experiments with uranium; she was the first one to even mention and study radioactivity term in Physics;
- Maria Sklodowska-Curie as a first woman was allowed to teach as a professor at the Sarbonne; it was after her husband was killed in 1906;
- first Nobel Prize was in Physics for works on radioactivity which absorbed her completely; together with Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel they discovered polonium and radium, they also identified and distinguished alpha, beta, and gamma radiation;
- second Nobel Prize was for Chemistry for her work on radium and its compounds;
- Marie Curie was one of the greatest scientists of her time which was a significant achievement in this male dominated world;
- it is believed that her surely early death was a result of her long exposure to radioactive materials;
- Iréne Curie, Maria`s daughter, went on to win the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935.