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Marie Skłodowska Curie: Between Physics and Chemistry and Two Nobel Prizes (2020)


This paper will study of how it came to be that Marie Curie (1867-1934) was awarded two Nobel Prizes. She and her husband Pierre were awarded half the Physics Prize in 1903 “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel” and in 1911 Marie was awarded an undivided Nobel Prize in Chemistry “in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element”. Rather than investigating Curie's scientific contributions this paper will take the nominations of her, the evaluations of her and her awards as a starting point to discuss what the challenges were for the awarding institution in 1903 and in 1911.

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Authors & Contributors
Redniss, Lauren
Pasachoff, Naomi
Blanc, Karin
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
Charles River Editors
Källstrand, Gustav
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
The Chemical Educator
Social Studies of Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Indian Journal of History of Science
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Charles River Editors
Uppsala University, Office for the History of Science
University of Pittsburgh Press
Universal Academy Press
Oxford University Press
Nobel Prizes
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Curie, Pierre
Curie, family
Joliot-Curie, Frédéric
Yuasa, Toshiko
Yamada, Nobuo
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
United States
Paris (France)
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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