This beautiful, brilliant woman. She was a Polish immigrant to France who became a force to be reckoned with in the scientific community. First female to win a Nobel prize. First person to win two, and the only person to win in two sciences.
Her research in radioactivity led to chemotherapeutic use of radium in medicine. She developed a mobile X-Ray that helped diagnose and consequently save the lives of many soldiers in WWI.
She gave away most of the money she earned. she refused to patent her radium-isotope research so others could use it. She insisted that funds go to her parent institution, not just to her lab.
Marie Curie died in 1934 of aplastic-anemia, a condition brought on by her exposure to radiation. She was killed by that which she was most curious and passionate about. She could have stood in fear of these new elements; after all, she was a woman who worked with the unknown. Instead, she stepped up and strove to understand that which her peers feared.
What do you fear? What do you strive to understand?