Today in Science
Marie Curie's Birthday
The legendary scientist Marie Skłodowska Curie was born on November 7, 1867. Her work as a physicist and chemist led to the discovery of polonium and radium and expanded the knowledge base of spontaneous radioactivity. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize and also the first person to receive the honor twice. To date, only four individuals and two organizations have won multiple Nobel Prizes!
Learn more about her work and radioactivity with this series of high school lessons:
- Isotopes of Pennies
- Radioactive Decay: A Sweet Simulation of a Half-life
- Frosty the Snowman Meets His Demise: An Analogy to Carbon Dating
- Splitting the Atom
Read more about Madame Curie and other Nobel Prize winners at nobelprize.org. Then learn about some of the other notable women throughout 4,000 years of scientific history.