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Pole Named Scientist of All Time
July 29, 2009   
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Two-time Nobel Prize winner Maria Sk這dowska-Curie has been named the greatest female scientist of all time in a survey by New Scientist magazine. Sk這dowska won 25.1 percent of the vote, while the second woman on the list, Britain's Rosalind Franklin, one of the researchers who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, received 14.2 percent.

Sk這dowska-Curie was the only woman in history who received two Nobel Prizes and also the only scientist to have received the prize in two different fields of science. She won for the first time in 1903 in physics with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel for research on radioactivity, a phenomenon discovered by Becquerel. The second time she received the prize, this time on her own, was in 1911 in chemistry for obtaining a pure form of radium, an element that she herself discovered, in a laboratory. She also headed the world's first research project on treating cancer with radiation.
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