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Marie Curie receives Honorary Degree from Northwestern

Region: Europe, Country: France
Northwestern University Graduation Ceremony in 1921. From left: Winford Lee Lewis (Chemistry Professor), Marie Curie, and Marie's daughters (in the background). Professor Lewis, at the ceremony, presented Curie with her Northwestern honorary degree.
Photo Source: University Archives
In 1921, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Curie visited Northwestern's campus with her daughter to receive an honorary degree. During her visit, 100 area women coordinated a fundraising campaign and raised $100,000 to allow Madame Curie to purchase one gram of radium to continue her studies. Curie was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and became the first person ever to receive two Nobel prizes.

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