Marie Curie (also known as Madame Curie) was born Marie Sklowdowska in Warsaw, Poland, in 1867. At the time, Poland was a Russian territory, and residents had to abide by Russian rules, which included speaking Russian in schools (not Polish) and not publicly showing any pro-Polish sentiments, which wound up hurting Curie's family, as it prevented her schoolteacher father from getting a good-paying job.
Curie's early home life was interrupted by the death of her mother in 1878, when Curie was only 10. After this, Curie's father enrolled her in a tough school, where she excelled in mathematics and science. She went on to work as a tutor before attending college in secret. The life of Marie Curie was not easy, but after moving to France as a young adult, she went on to become one of the first famous female scientists.
She Was Awarded Two Nobel Prizes - And Remains The Only Person To Receive Nobels In Two Different Fields
She Was The First Woman To Be Professor Of General Physics At The Sorbonne
She Died Of Radiation Sickness
She Was Educated At A Secret University That Accepted Women
She Refused A Prestigious French Honor To Protest SexismPhoto: Mariluna / via Wikimedia Commons
She Discovered Two Important Radioactive Elements