Marie Curie was a Polish-born French physicist. Famous for her work with radioactivity, she focused on the chemistry of radioactive substances and their use in medicine. Curie worked alongside her husband Pierre and together they discovered the elements of polonium and radium.
Breaking Barriers for Women
At the start of her career, Curie had to fight for even the most rudimentary of laboratory space. Once she met her husband, Pierre Curie, he helped her gain recognition for her work. Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person, man or woman, to win the award twice. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911.