Marie Skłodowska Curie (November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. She was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris in 1906. All in all , the Curie family was awarded 5 Nobel Prizes.

She married French physicist Pierre Curie in 1895, and shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with him and physicist Henri Becquerel for their pioneering work developing the theory of “radioactivity”—a term she coined. Marie won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements polonium and radium, using techniques she invented for isolating radioactive isotopes.

This is an interesting article about her unfortunate death. It has pictures of her actual notebooks too!

Marie is one of my heroes, for sure.

Stitch notes! The original pattern has 5 books on the shelf, but I didn’t have room so I made 3 in colors I chose. I changed the glass color on the large beaker to match the other beakers and used rayon thread for the radioactive stuff. It’s difficult to work with super slippery and gets knotty so I did a little weaving in there and I love it! Much easier than cross stitching with that stuff.

Amelia Earhart is next!

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