In 1903, Curie became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for her (and her husband's) work in radioactivity. She took over her husband's teaching position at Paris' Sorbonne (1906), after he was killed in an accident, becoming the institution's first female professor. Curie won a second Nobel Prize in 1911 in chemistry for the discovery of radium, often carrying test tubes of it in her pockets. Rumor has it that some of her papers are still radioactive.
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