First female scientist to win a Nobel Prize
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Curie was a Polish chemist and physicist who began her work in the sciences at a young age. She left Warsaw to pursue her degree at the Sorbonne, because women were not allowed to study at the University of Warsaw. Curie gained a graduate degree at a time when many women were banned from academic study. She is famous for her work with radium. She is not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but the only woman to win in two fields. Her work revolutionized scientific research.
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