Marie Curie Legacy

The Marie Curie Legacy Campaign was established on 7th November 2017, to mark Marie Sklodowska Curie’s 150th birthday. She was an extraordinary scientist, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and still the only one awarded with two Nobel Prizes.

The discovery of radioactivity and radiation paved the path to new effective cancer treatments. The first successful treatment of cancer patients whose tumors were exposed to radioactive material was reported shortly after.

We still use the power of radiation to destroy cancer cells. Radiotherapy helps millions of cancer patients every year. We would like to commemorate and thank Marie Curie for her pioneering research on radioactivity and radiation.

Marie Sklodowska Curie was born on the  7th of November 1867 and is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She is still the only woman to have received this honor twice. In 1903, Marie Curie shared her first Nobel Prize in physics with her husband Pierre and her colleague Henri Becquerel for the discovery of radium. She was honored with the Nobel Prize in chemistry for her discovery of polonium, named after her homeland Poland, in 1911.

Marie was a devoted scientist and esteemed physicist. She strongly promoted her and Roentgen’s discoveries in the medical field. The use of X-ray and radium as a treatment against cancer, as a way to sterilise equipment and wounds in war-zone hospitals or to image bomb shreds for surgical removal with mobile X-ray units are a couple of her exceptional accomplishments. Her strong engagement in the medical field provided the base for many subsequent discoveries and developments.

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Marie is born as Maria Salomea Sklodowska in Warsaw on the 7th November. Read more


Marie Curie becomes a tutor. In a mutual agreement to financially support each other in their study plans, Marie would be the first to earn and send money to her sister. Marie became a tutor and governess in the household of a family for three years. Read more


Marie starts her studies in physics at the Sorbonne University. The Russian University in Warsaw does not enroll women. so Marie travels to Paris and goes to the Sorbonne University for her education. In Paris she meets Pierre Curie and starts working with him.  Read more


Marie receives a student grant. She is awarded the Aleksandrowicze grant for exceptionally high-achieving Polish students abroad. This eases the difficult financial situation that Marie is exposed to during her student years. Read more


Roentgen discovers X-rays. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovers X-rays while examining cathode rays. He notices the glowing on an aluminium sheet exposed to it, even when material is placed in between the source and the sheet. He concludes that something invisible must have caused that fluorescence and observes that it also affects photographic films. He names those invisible rays X-rays. He then quickly realises that the different capacity of X-ray to penetrate materials and tissues, muscle or bones, caused the appearance of his skeleton hand on the fluorescent screen. Read more

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Marie and Pierre Curie get married. When they met in 1891, Pierre was already a famous physicist having discovered piezoelectricity Read more

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