Marie Curie

Marie Curie contributed to the modern world significantly throughout her life despite quite a lot of opposition. Here is a top ten list of much of her life's work. 

  1. Marie Curie was born in Russian-controlled Poland in 1867. 

  2.  She discovered the two elements radium and polonium

  3. She won two Nobel Peace Prizes for her research in chemistry and physics. 

  4. Marie graduated top of her class at the age of fifteen. 

  5. When she was younger, she could not attend college in Poland due to the fact that there were no schools that would teach women. She and her sister wanted to attend so badly that Marie worked as a tutor and a baroness to put her sister through college in Paris. 

  6. After several years of saving, Marie moved to Paris and managed to get top honors and received her masters physics degree. 

  7. When her husband died, she took over his teaching position at Sorbonne. She was the first woman to ever teach at this university. 

 Sorbonne University, Paris 

Sorbonne University, Paris 

 Marie Curie (second from right) instructs nurses in radiology, via Médecins de la Grande Guerre

Marie Curie (second from right) instructs nurses in radiology, via Médecins de la Grande Guerre

8. She and her husband's research led to the development of x-rays in surgery and in WWI, she helped to equip ambulances. She actually drove one herself on the front line. 

9. She was made head of The International Red Cross's radiology department and trained medical orderlies and doctors in new techniques. 

10. The Curies have the 96th element on the Periodic Table named curium named in honor of them. 

There is so much more to this woman's life. Check out the video below for more.