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Marie Curie: a woman of science and two well-deserved Nobel prizes

She became French and it is in France that she did her research on radioactivity which changed the face of medicine. She went to the Front during the Great War and is a fascinating woman of whom France is very proud.


Born Polish, she became French.

Maria Skodowska, her maiden name, was born on November 7, 1867 in Poland. She was passionate about science from an early age and put her enormous intelligence and absolute sense of work at their service. Daughter of a penniless family, while she could not advance so much the men put obstacles in her wheels, she went to France which she considered more open. 

She continued her research in France

She was entrusted with a study on the magnetization of steel, which led her to meet her future husband Pierre Curie. In 1896, after much research, Marie Curie discovered natural radioactivity. Her husband also began to work on it and together they discovered radium and polonium, named in memory of Marie's country of birth. Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 with Pierre Curie, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911, she is the only woman to have won the Noble twice

Her coffin is in the Pantheon.

Her fame is worldwide. Marie Curie's research will in some way cost her her life. The materials used for her experiments were harmful, she did not know it. She died on July 4, 1934 of leukemia due to these harmful manipulations. Her body, which had become radioactive due to exposure, was locked in a lead coffin where it rests, as it should, in the Pantheon in Paris.  A woman who chooses France because it makes a place for women, even a small one, when other countries do not yet think of it, that too is France.

TOP 5 Marie Curie's quotes

1 "In life, nothing is to be feared, everything is to be understood"

2 "It is always good to marry your best friend."

3 "First principle: never let people or events get you down.

4 "In science, we should be interested in things, not people".

5 "Life is not easy for any of us. But what, you have to have perseverance, and especially self-confidence. You have to believe that you are good at something, and that you have to achieve it no matter what.

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site. 

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme Prod'homme

Jérôme is "monsieur de France" the author of this site.