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The making and remaking of Marie Curie

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Science  03 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6363, pp. 599-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9627

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Marie Curie's track record is well known. So far, the only woman twice awarded the Nobel Prize—her 1903 and 1911 distinctions in physics and in chemistry, respectively—ensure her a permanent seat on the Mount Olympus of science. Reflecting on her legacy on the eve of the 150th anniversary of her birth, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén explores the relationship between Curie as a person, and Curie as a persona, encouraging us to see the famous scientist as more than just a role model.