Women Inventors, Marie Curie

Women Inventors, Marie Curie

When it comes to women inventors, Marie Curie is one of the most prominent names in science. 

Marie Curie’s discovery of radium and polonium led her to discover that the properties of the two metals were able to kill tumors. Marie Curie is the only woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize twice, with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

During her storied research career, Curie invented a theory of radioactivity (a term that she herself coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which remain major centers for medical research today. And during World War I, she established the first military field radiological centers.

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