Marie Curie, first Woman to receive Nobel Prize in Physics

First Woman presented the Nobel Prize in Physics was in 1903

Marie Curie, Polish-French physicist, was presented the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, She shared the award with her husband, Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel.

Quote: “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena.”

Further Notes: Marie Curie later became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the first woman to be the sole winner of a Nobel Prize, and the first person to win the Nobel Prize twice all in 1911.

Additional Information:

  • Marie Curie: Biographical
    Marie Curie, née Maria Sklodowska, was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867, the daughter of a secondary-school teacher. She received a general education in local schools and some scientific training from her father. She became involved in a students’ revolutionary organization and found it prudent to leave Warsaw, then in the part of Poland dominated by Russia, for Cracow, which at that time was under Austrian rule.
  • Marie Curie: Facts
    Marie Skłodowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a family of teachers who believed strongly in education. She moved to Paris to continue her studies and there met Pierre Curie, who became both her husband and colleague in the field of radioactivity.
  • Marie Curie: Nominations
    Nominated on 5 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Marie Curie: Photo Gallery of
    11 Photos
  • Pierre Curie: Biographical
    Pierre Curie was born in Paris, where his father was a general medical practitioner, on May 15, 1859.
  • Pierre Curie: Facts
    The 1896 discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel inspired Marie and Pierre Curie to further investigate this phenomenon.
  • Pierre Curie: Nobel Lecture (via the Wayback Machine) – PDF
    Allow me, first of all, to tell you that I am happy to speak today before the Academy of Sciences which has conferred on Mme. Curie and myself the very great honour of awarding us a Nobel Prize. We must also tender you our apologies for being so tardy in visiting you in Stockholm, for reasons quite outside our control.
  • Pierre Curie: Nominations
    Nominated on 8 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Pierre Curie: Photo Gallery of
    3 Photos
  • Henri Becquerel: Biographical
    Antoine Henri Becquerel was born in Paris on December 15, 1852, a member of a distinguished family of scholars and scientists. His father, Alexander Edmond Becquerel, was a Professor of Applied Physics and had done research on solar radiation and on phosphorescence, while his grandfather, Antoine César, had been a Fellow of the Royal Society and the inventor of an electrolytic method for extracting metals from their ores.
  • Henri Becquerel: Facts
    When Henri Becquerel investigated the newly discovered X-rays in 1896, it led to studies of how uranium salts are affected by light.
  • Henri Becquerel: Nobel Lecture (via the Wayback Machine) – PDF
    The subject which I propose to speak to you about has become, in only a few years, so vast that in order to deal with it in a single lecture I should have to confine myself to listing the main facts following the chronological order of their discovery.
  • Henri Becquerel: Nominations
    Nominated on 10 occasions for the Nobel Prize in…
  • Marie Curie – Wikipedia
    Marie Skłodowska Curie (/ˈkjʊri, kjʊˈriː/;[2] French: [kyʁi]; Polish: [kʲiˈri]; 7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934), born Maria Salomea Skłodowska [ˈmarja salɔˈmɛa skwɔˈdɔfska], was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.
  • Marie Curie – Physicist –
    Marie Curie was a Polish-born French physicist famous for her work on radioactivity and twice a winner of the Nobel Prize.
  • BBC – History – Marie Curie
    Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist and one of the most famous scientists of her time. Together with her husband Pierre, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903, and she went on to win another in 1911.
  • Marie Curie – Biography, Facts and Pictures – Famous Scientists
    Marie Curie discovered two new chemical elements – radium and polonium. She carried out the first research into the treatment of tumors with radiation, and she was the founder of the Curie Institutes, which are important medical research centers.
  • Marie Curie: Facts & Biography – Live Science
    Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She and her husband, Pierre, discovered the elements polonium and radium.
  • About Marie Curie – University of Illinois – English Department
    The ashes of Marie Curie and her husband Pierre have now been laid to rest under the famous dome of the Panthéon, in Paris, alongside the author Victor Hugo, the politician Jean Jaurès and the Resistance fighter Jean Moulin.
  • Madame Curie’s Passion | History | Smithsonian
    The pioneering physicist’s dedication to science made it difficult for outsiders to understand her, but a century after her second Nobel prize, she gets a second look
      1903, 1911
      Marie Curie
      Polish-French Physicist

Marie Curie


      November 7, 1867, Warsaw, Poland
      July 4, 1934, Sancellemoz
      Pierre Curie


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