Dr. Marie Curie

Ph.D. Physics, Nobel Prize Physics, Nobel Prize Chemistry

"I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."


Dr. Marie Curie is widely known for being the only woman to have ever won two Nobel Prizes in science. In 1903 Dr. Marie Curie was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in physics. Curie received her second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry. She won this time for discovering the elements radium and polonium, and became the first scientist to win two Nobel Prizes. She is the only person to have won a Nobel Prize in both physics and chemistry. The element Curium is named in honor of her and her groundbreaking work in radioactivity.

Her work did not stop here however. She along with her daughter Irène brought portable x-ray machines to the battlefields during the first world war. They would drive small trucks with an x-ray machine to the medical tents set up for the wounded. The small trucks were lovingly nicknamed "Little Curies". She was honored with many awards and honors throughout her life. A great many of these awards, were awarded to a woman for the first time.

All images and descriptions are property of The Violet STEAM Project and may not be used or distributed without the written consent of The Violet STEAM Project