We all know Marie Curie. Born Maria Sklodowska, she was a Polish/French scientist who did pioneering research on radioactivity. The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person ever to win it twice, and the only person to win it in two different sciences. She was a legend, and one of the greatest scientists to have ever lived. And yet, too often, Marie Curie is where the conversation begins and ends when it comes to women in science. The truth is, there are numerous women scientists, mathematicians and engineers who have made incredible advances in their fields, and never earned the recognition they deserve.
“Beyond Curie: A Celebration of Women in Science” — a new, free exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opening March 24 — is a celebration of 40 of these women, including all 16 female winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology. Artist/designer and neuroscientist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya designed vibrant full-color illustrations that feature the female scientists’ portraits as well as images and design elements connected to their groundbreaking work.
About our Speaker
Phingbodhipakkiya is an award-winning neuroscientist-turned-designer, TED mainstage speaker, professor and STEM advocate. Before becoming a multidisciplinary designer, she studied Alzheimer’s disease at Columbia Medical Center. Her work brings science and society closer together and has been recognized by Fast Company, Forbes and The New York Times. She won a 2016 TED Residency and this past year, her work garnered a WeWork Creator’s Award, and she was named one of NBC’s 26 Emerging Asian American Voices. Through writing, speaking and design, she is trying to help the world better appreciate the importance and wonder of science.