Forward NYCR Honors Prominent Women During Women’s History Month ; Marie Curie

Marie Skłodowska Curie was born on November 7 , 1867 . A Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist , she conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes.(shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie and with physicist Henri Becquerel. She won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)

Her  theory of radioactivity  was a technique for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world’s first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms, using radioactive isotopes. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which remain major centres of medical research today.

 

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