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Happy International Women’s Day: A tribute to Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)


Marie Curie, who was famous for her discovery of the radioactive element for cancer treatment, was in my opinion one of the greatest women in world history.  She is the only woman so far who has won the Nobel Prize twice and the only person to win in two different scientific disciplines.  

The theme for the International Women’s Day campaign this year is ‘Pledge for Parity’. Marie Curie’s achievements demonstrate that women are also capable in showing their equality with men by her discovery and by obtaining the highest world recognition.   

Although she later became a victim of her own discovery, Marie Curie has left us a significant legacy that provides a great benefit to humankind and inspiring achievements in medicine, industry and research.

So, be inspired! Let’s help women and girls achieve their ambitions and let’s celebrate International Women’s Day by recognizing something positive about a woman you know on 8th of March.

Read more about Marie Curie via City Library Search:

Credo Reference Topic Page – Marie Curie

Jean-Claude, R. and Nüsslin, F. (2013). ‘Marie Curie’s contribution to Medical Physics’, Physica Medica, 29 (5), pp.423-425

Mould, R. F. (1980) A history of X-rays and radium with a chapter on radiation units: 1895-1937. Sutton: IPC Building & Contract Journals.

Written by Endang Scanlon – Subject Librarian for Radiography