An exceptionally gifted woman
Marie Curie, originally named Maria Sklodowska, was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867.
Her father was a professor of mathematics and physics. Her mother, a teacher, died of tuberculosis when Marie was only 12 years old.
Despite her family’s poverty and the limited access she had to scientific education, combined with the fact that she was a woman, Marie overcome many obstacles to pursue her passion and her scientific career.
By 1911, international recognition for her work had been growing to new heights, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored her a second time, with the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded for her work isolating metallic radium and determining its atomic mass.
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice (in 1903 and in 1911). She is the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields.
She was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. Beyond her Nobel Prize achievements, she was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. In 1995, she became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.