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Women Nobel Prize Winners in Science

by Liz Olson

The Nobel Prize for Science has been awarded since 1901 to people who have made outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology, or medicine. Marie Curie was the first women to win the Nobel Prize for Science, in 1903. Follow this slideshow to learn more about the women whose research has had a profound effect on the advancement of science and earned them the honor of Nobel Laureate.

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Marie Sklodowska Curie


Nobel Prize in Physics, 1903 and Chemistry, 1911

Marie Curie is considered the most famous of all women scientists. She was the only woman ever to win two Nobel Prizes. Prohibited from higher education in her native Poland (then controlled by Russia), she moved to Paris in 1891 and studied at the Sorbonne. In 1903 her discovery of radioactivity earned her the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911, she won it for chemistry.

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