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Women in Chemistry: Why It’s Marie Curie Every Time

1:58 PM MST | March 11, 2011 | —alex scott in paris

When I asked my 12-year-old son who was the greatest female scientist of all time, after some thought he opted for Marie Curie, the woman who has inspired the United Nations (U.N.) International Year of Chemistry (IYC). IYC celebrates the contributions of chemistry and Marie Curie’s achievements, exactly 100 years after she was awarded the 1911 Nobel Prize in chemistry. She was the first woman to win the prize and is the only woman to have won Nobel prizes in two different fields—her other was the 1903 Nobel Prize in physics, jointly with her husband...

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