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opened up the science of
radioactivity. She is best known as the
discoverer of the radioactive elements
polonium and radium and as the first person
to win two Nobel prizes. For scientists and the
public, her radium was a key to a basic change
in our understanding of matter and energy.
Her work not only influenced the
development of fundamental science but also
ushered in a new era in medical research and
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