Trivia

Hard

The First Person To Win Two Nobel Prizes Was?

Fredrick Sanger
Linus Pauling
Albert Einstein
Marie Curie
A photograph of Marie Curie taken in 1911.
Fotograv. – Generalstabens Litografiska Anstalt Stockholm/Wikimedia

Answer: Marie Curie

Winning a Nobel Prize is a prestigious honor. Being the first to win two Nobel Prizes is a pretty big deal—a feat only achieved by four individuals and two organizations in the entire history of the Nobel Prize. But to be the first to win two Nobel Prizes and the first to win a Nobel Prize in two different categories? Even more impressive. Add in that you did it all as one of the most accomplished female scientists of the 20th century and were the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and, well, you’ve got Marie Curie.

In 1903, Marie Curie was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Physics for her work with her husband Pierre Curie “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel” (Becquerel also received a Nobel Prize in Physics that year, making it a true banner year for research in the field).

Later, in 1911, Curie received the sole Nobel Prize in Chemistry for that year “in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element”.

Curie remains the only woman to receive two Nobel Prizes.

Trivia

Easy

Which Computer Keyboard Key Is An Archaic Reference To Its Original Mechanical Function?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Of The Following Medical Conditions Makes You More Attractive To Mosquitoes?

Trivia

Easy

What Famed Geeky Television Show Was Originally Known As “Owl Stretching Time”?

Trivia

Hard

What Is The Longest Running Company In The World?

Trivia

Hard

Which Hollywood Blockbuster Does NASA Show To Potential Hires?

Trivia

Hard

In The Early 20th Century, Piggly Wiggly Grocery Stores Revolutionized The Industry With?

Trivia

Hard

Which Famous Museum’s Founder Had Never Visited The Country It Was Established In?

Trivia

Very Hard

Yale’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library Has “Windows” Made Of?

Trivia

Hard

In Japanese Animation, Sleep Is Frequently Indicated Not With “Zzzz”s But?

Trivia

Easy

For The Movie Brave, Pixar Designers Spent Nearly Three Years Studying The Physics Of?