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Maria Curie-Sklodowska voted the most influential woman in history in BBC poll

In a recent poll, BBC History magazine asked its readers to choose the women who they believe have had the greatest impact on the history of the world. Readers could select their choices form a list of 100 significant figures, compiled by experts from 10 different fields. The Polish scientist was voted number one, ahead of Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin and Margaret Thatcher.

Maria Curie-Sklodowska was the pioneering scientist and the first person to win two Nobel prizes, one in the field of Chemistry, the second in Physics. Her discovery of radium and research into the radioactivity have both contributed greatly to the development of modern oncology.

Her devotion for work, drive and determination to pursue her passions continue to serve as an inspiration to many women worldwide.  

See the full list of 100 women who changed the world according to the poll carried out by BBC History magazine.

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    Ewa Zdunek
    Date of addition
    13 August 2018

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