The Flying University
When discovering the answer to this clue, you will have browsed the Nobel prize laureates and discovered that Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. Wow!
But, the world has almost robbed of this great scientist since at the time, Universities did not welcome women. So Marie Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowska, and her sister became involved with the clandestine Flying University (sometimes translated as Floating University), a Polish patriotic institution of higher learning that admitted women students. Thank you Flying University!
Marie Curie went on to have great scientific impact and conduct pioneering research on radioactivity. She is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to finding treatments for cancer. Her first Novel was awarded in 1903, when she and her husband Pierre Curie were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with Henri Becquerel for their combined, though separate, work on radioactivity. Her determination and remarkable endeavours led to a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry for creating a means of measuring radioactivity.
Today, we celebrate science, scientists, science-lovers, supporters and educators. We celebrate Marie Curie and her accomplishments and most of all, her spirit and perseverance to get the education she needed to follow her passion. 🎉🧬