Marie Curie

Marie Carie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.

~Albert Einstein

Nobel Prizes

Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist famous for becoming the first person to be awarded two Nobel Prizes. She was brought up in Poland before eventually moving to France and obtaining French citizenship.


In 1911, Marie Curie was awarded another Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, for her discovery of radium and polonium and subsequent research.tribute

Vital in WWI

During World War I, Curie saw a need for field radiological centres near the front lines to assist battlefield surgeons. It is estimated that over a million wounded soldiers were treated with her X-ray units.

Cancer Research

In 1932 Marie Curie founded the ‘Radium Institute’ in Warsaw, Poland. Now called ‘Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology’, the institute carries out specialized cancer research and treatment.

For the Love of Science

Curie’s own books and papers are so radioactive that they are now stored in lead boxes, which may only be opened by people wearing protective suits.

From Nothing to Elite

Marie Curie was now recognized worldwide as one of science’s “greats.” She traveled widely to talk about science and to promote The Radium Institute which she had founded to carry out medical research.