Happy birthday to Marie Curie

Today is 150th birthday of Marie Curie. A two-time Nobel laureate, Marie Curie is remembered for discovering radium and polonium, as well as for her huge contribution to medical science.

To commemorate the occasion, we're celebrating three women who embody her legacy – women who have faced unique challenges, and have dedicated countless hours to serving science, medicine or raising money to help others. Read their stories.

Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes and remains the only person to do so in two different fields.

Marie Curie: her life in brief

Marie Curie was born Maria Sklodowska on November 7 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. Marie went to university in Paris in 1891 where she read physics and mathematics. It was also where she met her husband Pierre Curie, a fellow scientist working in the city. In 1902 Marie and Pierre completed the discovery of radium.

The journey to the discovery had been long and arduous but it wasn’t without its rewards as Marie and Pierre were awarded the joint Nobel Prize for Physics.

After Pierre’s tragic death in 1906, Marie’s determination and remarkable endeavours led to a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry for creating a means of measuring radioactivity.

Marie Curie died in 1934 of pernicious anaemia, a condition she developed after years of exposure to radiation through her work. She is buried, along with Pierre, in the Pantheon, the Paris mausoleum reserved for France's most revered dead.

Find out more about the pioneering scientist

 This post was first published on 7th November 2014 and updated 7th November 2017