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Maria Skłodowska-Curie after receiving her honorary degree at the University of Birmingham, 1913.  photo: Wydawnictwo Studio Emka

Marie Skłodowska-Curie ‒ she used both names ‒ was a trailblazer in more than just science. More than ever, her strong principles and ground-breaking ideas are worth discovering, particularly for what she can teach us today.

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Maria Skłodowska-Curie

Marie Skłodowska-Curie was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw. She was the first person ever to be honoured with two Nobel Prizes: in physics (1903) and in chemistry (1911).

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Marie Skłodowska Curie, rep: Piotr Mecik / Forum

Writers dominate the list of Polish Nobel Prize winners: so far they have won 4 prizes, most recently in 1996. However, Poland has experienced considerable success in other fields, but counting the final number of Poland's Nobel Prizes for is as complicated as Poland’s 20th-century.

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Wisława Szymborska was known throughout the world through her poetry, referred to as the "Mozart of poetry" by the Nobel committee who gave her the prize in 1996.

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Portrait of Władysław Stanisław Reymont by Leon Wyczółkowski, photo: CC

Novelist, short story writer, journalist. Nobel Prize laureate in 1924. His books give a truly kaleidoscopic view of the Polish society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Czesław Miłosz, photo source: AKG Images / East News

Poet, novelist, essayist and translator. Winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature. His poems are known for their depth and metaphysical aspects.

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