Marie Curie – The First Woman to win a Noble Prize

Story of Marie Curie

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. – Marie Curie

Such a lady she was, all about ideas, all about experiments. Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist. She was one of the most famous scientists of her time.

Marie Curie with her husband worked together investigating radioactivity, building on the work of the German physicist Roentgen and the French physicist Becquerel. The couple did not have a well-equipped and well-structured laboratory. They used a converted shed next to the School of Physics and Chemistry.

The First Noble Prize

In June 1903, Marie was the first woman in Europe to earn a doctorate in physics. In November 1903, Marie Curie and her husband together with Henri Becquere, were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics. The noble prize was for their contributions to the understanding of atomic structure. The nominating committee objected to including a woman as a Nobel Laureate, but Pierre insisted that the original research was Marie’s. Curie and her husband declined to go to Stockholm to receive the prize in person; they were too busy with their work. The Nobel laureates were required to deliver a lecture because of that the Curies finally undertook the trip in 1905. The award money allowed the Curies to hire their first laboratory assistant.

The kind of passion and love for science we see with Marie Curie is very less often found. We believe that the world requires more of Marie Curies, more of Einstines, more of Newtons. This can be possible too if we inspire our young generation to become more curious towards science that they find around them. For the same, we at Fundoo Labs provide a safe and creative environment for Kids of Class 1 to Class 9 (Age 6 to 16 years) to uncover the dynamic and engaging subjects of STEM with fun-filled hands-on experiments and activities. STEM Stands for Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics.  

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.””Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

The Second and More Known Noble Prize

In 1911, after Pierre’s death, Marie was awarded a second Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements polonium and radium. The Curies generously shared the isolated product of Marie’s difficult labors with fellow researchers and openly distributed the secrets of the process needed for its production with interested industrial parties.