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Dr Marie Skłodowska Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Dans la vie, rien n'est à craindre, tout est à comprendre. C'est maintenant le moment de comprendre davantage, afin de craindre moins. 

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland, on 7 November 1867.

The University of Warsaw was a men-only institution back then, hence she attended the Flying University, underground classes held in secret. In 1891 she moved to Paris where she enrolled at the Sorbonne University and met Pierre Curie, her future partner in life and science.

In 1903 Marie Skłodowska-Curie became the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize for her work with radioactive materials.

In 1911 she was awarded a second Nobel Prize for the isolation of radium.

To date, she is the only person to be awarded Nobel Prizes in two scientific categories.

To honour her extraordinary scientific achievements – the European Union has named its flagship fellowship program for researchers after her – the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.