Marie Sklodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry : 100th Anniversary

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[Update 09-20-2011]

This event, co-organized by the Embassy of Poland, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Embassy of France, was held on Thursday September 15th of 2011 at Carnegie Institution 1530 P Street, N.W., Washington D.C.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie is one of the most celebrated scientists
of all time: two-time Nobel laureate in Physics and Chemistry, Polish and French patriot, wife to fellow Nobel laureate Pierre Curie, and mother to Nobel laureate Irène Joliot-Curie.

Two eminent chemists: Dr. Nicole Moreau and Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski touched upon Madame Curie’s amazing accomplishments, achieved during an era when it was extremely difficult for women to be successful in science.
They also reflected on what it means for contemporary researchers to stand on the shoulders of such a scientific giant.

A short documentary about Marie Sklodowska-Curie and an exhibit of archival photographs prepared by the Polish Academy of Sciences and Maria Sktodowska Museum in Warsaw helped to recreate the atmosphere of scientific life in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century.


  • Opening remarks:

- Dr. Richard Meserve, President of the Carnegie Institution
- H.E. Robert Kupiecki, Ambassador of Poland
- H.E. François Delattre, Ambassador of France

  • Seminar "Inspiring Researchers: Marie Sklodowska-Curie" delivered by

- Dr. Nicole Moreau, President of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry
- Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University

Pictures (Credits : Embassy of Poland in the United States)