#WOTW: Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Curie has made multiple firsts. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. However, one wasn’t enough, Curie was the only person and the only woman to win it twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different fields of science. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. She has made multiple advancements for science. Her expertise was in radioactivity and developed the theory of radioactivity. She also discovered the two elements polonium and radium. Even though, Curie was clearly extremely intelligent, she suffered from discrimination because she was a woman. When she had returned to Poland from France, she wasn’t allowed to attend the University of Krakow, because she was a woman. Thus, she had to continue her education in Paris. Not only was Curie a brilliant woman, but she was a generous one. She gave her earnings from her Nobel Prize to friends and family. She also did not patent her discoveries because she wanted the science community to have access to them. Curie dedicated her life to science literally, she had spent all her life researching and eventually lost her life due to long-lasting effects of radiation exposure. Without Curie and her work, there wouldn’t have been a way to fight against cancer. Curie’s our #WOTW because she demonstrates what happens when you underestimate women, we don’t back down, but instead fuel our energy to help those in need and end up winning a Nobel Prize or two.

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