Inventor's Week: Marie Curie

Inventor's Week: Marie Curie

Marie Curie was the first female to win the Nobel Prize, and won it in both physics and chemistry. Curie made critical breakthroughs in radioactivity, before exposure to radium during her research famously caused her death. Learn more about this pioneering woman of science.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Marie Curie coined the term radioactivity, and was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different disciplines. (0:40)

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    Marie Curie made the groundbreaking observation that radioactivity came from atoms themselves, and not from molecular interaction. (4:31)

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    During World War I, Marie Curie drove a portable x-ray machine to assist wounded soldiers. (7:55)

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