TODAY in the PAST: February 7th, 1922
February 7th, 1922
Marie Curie, 1st Woman to Enter the French National Academy of Medicine
On February 7th, 1922, Marie Curie (1867–1934) is the first woman to enter the French National Academy of Medicine (Académie Nationale de Médecine). The story goes that other candidates to this highly prized position decided to withdraw their application to ensure that this respected and deserving scientist would get recognized for her significant contribution to radiology medicine. Marie Curie had already won two Nobel prizes by then – the Nobel prize in physics in 1903 and the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1911.