ARIE SKLODOWSKA CURIE opened up the science of radioactivity. She is
best known as the discoverer of the radioactive elements polonium
and radium and as the first person to win two Nobel prizes. For scientists
and the public, her radium was a key to a basic change in our understanding
of matter and energy. Her work not only influenced the development
of fundamental science but also ushered in a new era in medical research
Material on this site is copyright © 2000 - American Institute of Physics and Naomi Pasachoff and is based on the book Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity by Naomi Pasachoff, Oxford University Press, copyright © 1996 by Naomi Pasachoff.