Who am I? See if you can figure out who this person is (the answer is at the bottom).

  • I was born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867.  My parents were both teachers.
  • In 1891, I enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.  By 1894, I had received my degrees in physics and in mathematics.
  • I was the first woman to have been awarded a Ph.D. by the Sorbonne.
  • While I was in Paris, I met my husband.  My husband and I had two daughters: Irene, and Eve.
  • My husband and I, with Henri Becquerel, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903.  I was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
  • After my husband died in 1906, I became the first female professor at the Sorbonne.
  • I was awarded my second Nobel Prize in 1911, because of my husband’s and my discovery of the elements of radium and polonium.  My husband and I had named the element of polonium after my native country of Poland.  I was now the only woman to have won two Nobel Prizes, one each in separate scientific fields.
  • Since I did a lot of my research on the element of radium, I was also exposed to a lot to radium through my research.  As a result of my exposure to radium, it was believed that was how I became ill with aplastic anemia.  I died of that condition on July 4, 1934.
  • My husband and I are both interred in the Pantheon in Paris, France.  This honor is the source of another first for me, because I am the first and only woman to be buried there.



I am Maria Sklodowska.  Perhaps, I am better known as Marie Curie.



Marie Curie. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 11:42, June 6, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/marie-curie-9263538.


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