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.

Date of Birth: November 7, 1867
Date of Death: July 4, 1934
Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
Position: physicist, mathematician
Education: Floating University, the Sorbonne in France
Known for: discovery of the elements polonium and radium
Most notable awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1903); and Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1911)

Image credits: main image: Tony Persiani; Marie Curie: Tony Persiani.