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This female model is a little bit unique;

If I tell you she was the first woman to receive a Noble Prize.

She is also the first person to win it twice; one in Physics and one in Chemistry!

If I tell you she was the first female professor at the University of Paris!

If I name Polonium and Radium!

You would certainly think of one of the most inspirational female role models, the famous Marie Curie.

An inspiring woman

She was born 150 years ago and is still the female scientist many people can name so easily. 

As a doctor and a female scientist, I see in Marie Curie, an icon for modern and educated women. Her life story is an invitation for women from all over the world, especially from Morocco, in order to take the stand in the scientific and academic world. 

Fighting sexism, stereotypes, and obscurantism is the battle for every young woman. To prove to the world that science is not a story about gender, but passion, curiosity, perseverance, and endless work.

Achievements and impact

As doctors, we use almost every day, X-rays, and radioactivity thankfully to the discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896. He inspired Marie Curie in her leading-edge researches. With her husband, they have first isolated Polonium, named after the country of Marie’s birth, and Radium. Then, Marie Curie developed methods for the separation of radium from radioactive residues in sufficient quantities to allow for its characterization and the careful study of its properties, therapeutic properties in particular.

She succeeded her husband as Head of the Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne. She gained her Doctor of Science degree in 1903. Following the tragic death of Pierre Curie in 1906, she took his place as Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences. It was the first time a woman had held this position.

She was also appointed Director of the Curie Laboratory in the Radium Institute of the University of Paris. It was founded in 1914.

She was a member of the “Conseil de la Physique Solvay” from 1911 until her death.

Since 1922 she had been a member of the Committee of Intellectual Co-operation of the League of Nations. Her work is recorded in numerous papers in scientific journals. She is the author of “Recherches sur les Substances Radioactives (1904)”, “L’Isotopie et les Éléments Isotopes” and the classic “Traité de Radioactivité (1910)“.

The female model died but her work is immortal

Marie Curie died in 1934 due to prolonged exposure to radiation. She was a pioneer for women in science and a role model for women everywhere and of all ages.

She left a grand legacy in science for posterity and for all the future generations of young scientists, men, and women.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

~~Marie Curie


MLA style: Marie Curie – Biographical. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2020. Wed. 22 Apr 2020.

Written by Abire Allaoui

A specialist in Internal Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine (MD).
Social and ecologist activist.
Literature, music, trips, and culture lover.
I like to write about health and social issues, inspirational figures.

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