8 March


The World Is A Book...

For various post themes in 2013, I acknowledged three remarkable women. Coincidentally, their great contributions are spread in three different fields–Madame Curie in the sciences, Ping Fu in computer technology, and Malala Yousafzai in education and they are from different generations and continents.

Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) was born in Poland. She studied at Warsaw’s clandestine Floating University. In 1891, aged 24, she went to study in Paris, where she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work.


Marie Curie:

  • Earned a PhD in physics, and her professors declared that her dissertation was the greatest single contribution to science ever written (
  • Shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband Pierre Curie
  • Won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Ping Fu (1958- ) was born in China. When Ping came to U.S. in 1984, she was 25 years old, had only $80 in her wallet, and spoke only three words (hello, thank you, and help)…

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