Maria Salomi Skudovska-Curie was born on November 7, 1867 and died on July 4, 1934.
She was a Polish physicist, chemist and professor. In collaboration with her husband, Pierre Curie, she discovered the radio and studied the effects of radioactivity. She also discovered polonium and was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Sorbonne and was twice awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and Chemistry. She was the most famous science woman of her time, also known as Madame Curry.
The “game of fate” wanted her own discovery as the cause of her death, as her long exposure to radioactivity was what ultimately cost her life.
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- First woman to win a Nobel
- First person to win 2 Nobel prizes
- First person to win a Nobel in two different sciences