Marie Curie

Marie Sklodowska Curie was born in Poland during a time when women were prohibited from receiving a college education. But that didn't stop Marie from pursuing her passion in life—science. She studied science and mathematics in secret locations. Eventually her years of hard work paid off. Her research led to the understanding of radioactivity, which revolutionized all of science and medicine.

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