Marie Curie dubbed 'greatest Polish woman'

7th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Marie Curie-Sklodowska, the Polish-born mother of modern physics, has been dubbed the "greatest Polish woman of all time" by Internet users in poll released Monday by the Museum of Polish History.

Born in the Polish capital Warsaw in 1867, in 1891 she moved to Paris to continue her studies in physics and mathematics where she met and married Pierre Curie in 1895.

She is famed for having isolated the elements of polonium and radium, promoting the use of the latter for therapeutic purposes.

In 1903, Curie-Sklodowska was awarded her first Nobel Prize for Physics for her research into radiation and she received a second Nobel Prize in 1911 for chemistry.

Marking 100 years since she was awarded her second Nobel prize, the Polish senate has dedicated 2011 to Curie-Sklodowska.

A string of special events are planned in Poland and France in her honour, including expositions and symposiums.

© 2011 AFP

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