Her name is one that kids easily remember – that kid includes me – having been namesakes. She discovered two elements – which I’m sure you remember from the periodic table of the elements; polonium and radium. The former named so as a nod to her homeland, Poland.
Today, Google Doodle honors Marie Curie, recipient of the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie (and with Henri Becquerel), the sole winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to date to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences.
She is seen in her traditional long dress holding a flask with liquid, depicting experimentation – one of the things she did most in her life until her her death in 1934 – cause: aplastic anemia, brought on by her lifelong exposure to radiation.