Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes and was the first person ever to do so.
The first Nobel prize for physics in 1903, she shared with her husband, Pierre Curie, and scientist Henri Becquerel for the discovery of radioactivity.
The second was for chemistry in 1911, for the isolation of pure radium.
Marie Curie was also the first female professor at the University of Paris.
In addition to coining the term radioactivity, Curie’s achievements include creating techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium.