her dissertation was the greatest single contribution to science ever written. Madame Curie…. amazing woman!
“A woman of courage, conviction and yes, contradictions…” — Julie Des Jardin
Madame Curie (1867-1934) won the Nobel Prize twice. She was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 with her husband and the second in 1911. Against all the odds, including traveling from Poland to Paris to get education, she earned a PhD in physics, and Professors declared thather dissertation was the greatest single contribution to science ever written.
Julie Des Jardins, the author “The Passion of Madame Curie” (the Smithsonian 2011 October issue), told a story; when Curie was married in 1895 to Pierre Curie, a physicist, she donned a blue cotton dress that was practical enough to wear in the lab after the ceremony. And, her lab was in a dilapidated shed with broken windows and poor ventilation. Irene, her daughter, was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1935.
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