Marie Curie was a scientist who with her husband Pierre, discovered radium in 1898. Radium, which is a highly radioactive element is found in uranium ore. Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who was a native of Poland. Pierre Curie was a physicist who was a native of France.
Marie Curie was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska in Warsaw, Poland in 1867. She was educated in Poland and at the age of 24 she moved to Paris to study and conduct scientific work. She studied at the Sorbonne and was awarded a degree in mathematics and physics in 1894.
Marie Skłodowska married Pierre Curie in 1895. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. With her husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. When Marie Curie was appointed a professor at the University of Paris in 1906 she became the first woman to hold such a position. In 1911 she won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. She died from exposure to radiation in 1934 at the age of 66.
Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, was born in Warsaw in the year 1867 On This Day.