Today marks Marie Curie’s birthday. She was born on November 7, 1867.
If you can name one or two female scientists from history, Marie Curie’s name probably came up.
Did you know that Marie Curie was rejected from the university because she’s a woman? She didn’t let that hold her back. She went on to become the first woman to win Nobel prize in physics and the first person to win two Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry.
Very little people know that Marie Curie played an important role during World War I. Not many learned that during the war, Curie organised mobile X-ray teams.
The 1896 discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel inspired Marie and Pierre Curie to further investigate this phenomenon.
Radioactive compounds became important as sources of radiation in both scientific experiments and in the field of medicine, where they are used to treat tumours.
Considering that I underwent radiation treatment earlier this year, it’s safe to say that Marie Curie’s research is still affecting people’s lives to this day.