Nothing Is To Be Feared, Only To Be Understood

Marie Curie

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"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a Polish-born French physicist and chemist, famous for her work on radioactivity and twice a winner of the Nobel Prize.

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 different scientific fields. Curie was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

Did you know that despite her extraordinary accomplishments, Marie Curie was not allowed to speak about her study of radioactivity at the Royal Institution because she was a married woman? Find out more about this story and other historical women in science in our interview with Dr Patricia Fara - a historian of science at the University of Cambridge and the author of
A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War.


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