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November 7th 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867 – 1934), the only woman to ever be awarded two Nobel prizes.
We are proud to celebrate Madame Curie's life and legacy on her 150th birthday with a collection of specially commissioned blogs and curated free content around the theme of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Check out the blog where we reproduce Chapter 4 from Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics, 'Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)’ by author Abraham Pais, the biography of the the only person to ever be awarded Nobel prizes in two distinct disciplines.
Nina Byers, University of California, Los Angeles
Gary Williams, University of California, Los Angeles
"This book fills a vacuum in the history of physics. For the first time we have in one place clear accounts of careers and contributions to physics of 40 distinguished women from a variety of fields. In particular, the authors are informed insiders with intimate knowledge of their fields who often provide fresh information about their subjects...'' Margaret W. Rossite, Cornell University
Author: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Edited by: Katherine Haramundanis, DIGITAL Equipment Corporation, Massachusetts
"[Payne-Gaposchkin] did not receive fair treatment in her career, but this book is testement to her dogged persistence." - Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"The book artfully records a life of warmths and delight won against obsessive, powerful but pervasive forces. The record has a value beyond its period and circle. This is a chronicle of affirmation and hope, a near-poetic witness to a burst of profound discovery insufficiently recognised." - Philip Morrison, Scientific American