Marie Sklodowska Curie

Location: First Floor, Room 136, South Wall, Sequence 4

Source: Kedzie Collection

Sponsor: J. Throck Watson

For the discovery of polonium and radium in 1898, Madame Curie and her husband Pierre shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with Henri Becquerel. She was awarded a second Nobel Prize (in Chemistry) in 1911 for her work on radioactivity (a term she coined) and for the isolation of radium metal. She was the first woman appointed to a professorship at the Sorbonne, and the first scientist to win two Nobel Prizes.