Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
4 July 2034 - 100 years since her death
Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity earned her two Nobel Prizes during her lifetime - the first in 1903, and the second in 1911. Together with her husband Pierre, she discovered two elements; polonium (names after Marie's native country of Poland) and radium. Marie Curie died on 4 July 1934 from leukaemia, thought to have been caused by her exposure to high-energy radiation during research.