In 1903, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a nobel prize. Marie, her husband Pierre Curie, and also Henri Becquerel accepted a prestigious honor as well as a nobel prize in the field of physics for discovering the principles of radioactivity. The dedicated couple used their prize money toward further research and experiments in physics as well as chemistry. In 1911, after the death of her husband, Marie Curie accepted yet another nobel prize after she discovered two new elements radium and polonium. She named the second element polonium after her home and history in Poland. Although she received the prize alone, she shared the honor with her late husband during her acceptance speech. Winning her second prize made her become the only woman to ever receive a nobel prize in two different fields. Marie Curie was now recognized worldwide as one of science’s “greats.” She traveled widely to talk about science and to promote The Radium Institute which she had founded to carry out medical research. Later in her life, during World War One, she discovered xrays which greatly helped the medical field, especially during wartime. She called them “Little Curies”. Marie Curie died at age 66 on July 4, 1934, due to a severe case aplastic anemia, which is a disease of the bone marrow. It is likely that the radioactivity she had been exposed to during her career caused the disease. After her death, her own notebooks and papers were, and still are, stored in lead boxes because they’re so radioactive. They are only taken out and handled by people in protective suits. This proves her love and dedication for physics as well as chemistry.
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