Today being International Women’s Day, probably a good occasion to write about a woman I admire for her courage and the impact she had on our society.
marie curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934)
Born in Warsaw, she left Poland for France in 1891 to study physics, chemistry and mathematics at the University of Paris. Studying by day and tutoring in the evenings, she barely made ends meet but was awarded a degree in physics in 1893 and started working in an industrial laboratory while continuing her studies. At that time she met Pierre Curie, an instructor at the School of Physics and Chemistry. Both passionate about science, they got closer and got married.
In the following years, she studied uranium radiation for which she was awarded her first Nobel prize in physics with her husband and Henri Becquerel. She became the first woman to ever be awarded a nobel prize, the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris. She later earned a second Nobel prize in chemistry making her the only person to win twice.
Marie Curie is now an icon for many, not only for her tremendous scientific discoveries but also for her fight for women’s place in the scientific community. In today’s society, where women are still way too often objectified, I wish woman like Marie would be put forward more often to inspire girls to follow a scientific path.
If you enjoyed the read, drop us a comment below or share the article, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our #MetaBeers newsletter. Before you go, grab a PDF of the article, and let us know if it’s time we worked together.