Catherine Cesarsky

The first female president of the International Astronomical Union, Catherine Cesarsky, earned this position with a distinguished career in several areas of modern physics.

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Sophie Germain

The late 18th century was not the best time to devote yourself to a life-long study of mathematics if you were the daughter of a merchant growing up in Paris, France. But that didn’t stop Marie-Sophie Germain. Image: Wikimedia.

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Marie Curie

In 1903 Curie became the first woman to receive a doctoral degree in France and was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize.  She was later awarded the prize in Chemistry, making her the first person to win two Nobel prizes.

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