Madame Marie Sklodowska-Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867. She was one of the first woman scientists to win worldwide fame, and, one of the great scientists of the century. She had degrees in mathematics and physics. Winner of two Nobel Prizes, for Physics in 1903 and for Chemistry in 1911, she performed pioneering studies with radium and polonium and contributed profoundly to the understanding of radioactivity.
Madame Curie was born as the fifth and youngest child. From childhood she was noticed for her remarkable memory, and at the age of 16 she won a gold medal on completion of her secondary education.
Unfortunately Madame Curie's mother died of typhus when she was just 9 years old along with her sister, Zosia. To cope with these painful loses, the rest of the children pretended they were genius doctors who discovered a miracle cure. This fantasy became a real life plan of going to Paris to study medicine. Her sister, Bronia, would go first, and Curie would follow to study at Sorbonne University. The only problem was preparing for university level coursework and, of course, money. Since women were not allowed to attended college in Poland, Curie attended classes at a secret school for women called