Polish-French scientist Marie Curie was one of the pioneers in the field of radiation and radioactivity. Through her work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she radically expanded her knowledge of radiation, radioactive isotopes, and discovered two radioactive elements-polonium and radium. For her efforts, she won numerous awards and recognitions including Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry-she was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the distinction of being the only two-category winner with Linus Pauling.
Unfortunately, at the time of her research, the effects of radiation on cellular structure were unknown. Radiation-at the age of 66. The artifacts found in the laboratory, including their numerous research notebooks, are still as radioactive as to require special storage and protective equipment to handle.
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