Marie Curie in her laboratory (Image Courtesy: Flickr)
The first woman and an inspiration to many, Maria Sklodowska, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize on Science, was born on November 7, 1867, and she personified this phrase. She was Polish in origin and was born in a family that valued education.
The discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896, inspired Marie to read more into the subject. She, along with her husband Pierre Curie, studied the subject further.
Both of them together looked into the subject of radioactivity & found the mineral pitchblende was more radioactive than uranium and concluded that it must contain other radioactive substances.
This discovery led Marie and her husband to win the Nobel Prize in 1903.
Again in 1911, Marie Curie won another Nobel Prize following her achievement in Chemistry. It was in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element.
The passion in her eyes and desire to leave a mark in the advancement of science made it difficult for the outsiders to understand her.
While the society judged a woman who spent most of her time in a lab but simultaneously managing a household, Curie paved a path, moving ahead of gender roles.
This adroit woman of remarkable acumen, knowledge, will, courage, and conviction. She is considered as one of this century’s most important scientists, who was, at the same time, unmistakably, reassuringly human.


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