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Marie Curie, the voice of science

Mémorandum de Mme Curie, membre de la Commission, sur la question des Bourses Internationales, pour l'avancement des sciences et le développement des laboratoires, page 1, FR PUNES AG 1-IICI-[Bourses]-[20], IICI, 1926 (French version only)


On the occasion of the International day of women and girls in science, we highlight a great female figure of the 20th century, Marie Curie, double Nobel Prize winner in physics and chemistry and first woman professor at the Sorbonne. Brillant student, she moved to Paris in 1891 to continue her university studies. In 1920, she joigned the International Committee for Intellectual Cooperation of the Leage of Nations in Geneva, alongside renowned scientists.  

In her Memorandum on the question of international grant for the advancement of science and the development of laboratories, dated 16 june 1926, Marie Curie recalls the importance of science for humanity. When higher education was mainly open to children from well-to-do families, Marie Curie advocated openness and access for all to the scientific education.  

The International Committee for Intellectual Cooperation highlighted the exceptional importance of this report and decided to propose its publication as an official document. This full version document, digitized in the scope of the project “Digitizing our shared UNESCO history” is avaible here


Maëva Nguyen, Digitization Project Assistant



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