Marie Sklodowska Curie was a woman undaunted by her husband’s successes – if anything, they were equal partners, especially in their shared Nobel Prize. After being taught in the sciences growing up by her father in now-Poland, Marie moved to Paris to continue her studies, where she met her husband Pierre Curie, a professor in physics. She later became the first woman to hold his position as a professor at the Sorbonne after succeeding him due to his death in 1906.
The couple’s work together in the research of radioactivity earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, along with Henri Becquerel. Her research on radiation after his death earned her another Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry, making her the first person to ever win two Nobel Prizes, and the only woman to accomplish that feat so far. Clearly the type of work was passed down in the family, as Pierre and Marie’s daughter Irene Curie shared the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with her husband Frédéric Joliot for synthesizing new radioactive elements.
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