Series: STEM Nobel Laureates

The STEM Nobel Laureates series highlights women that have won Noble Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology and Medicine, or Economic Sciences. The Nobel Prize is a set of international awards that recognize significant academic, cultural, or scientific advances. The Nobel Prize is considered the most prestigious reward in any field.

In the past, 53 women have won a Nobel Peace prize, with 21 of the women winning in STEM fields. This series highlights these 21 women, recounting the woman's background, accomplishments, and notable quotes.

You may be familiar with the last name of our next female Nobel STEM winner: Irène Joliot-Curie. Yes, indeed, Irène is the daughter of Marie Curie, the subject of our previous article and first female Nobel STEM winner!


On September 12, 1897, Irène Joliot-Curie was born from Marie and Pierre Curie. Irène was the oldest child of her family of four. During her younger years, Irène had to be raised by her paternal grandfather because her parents were working hard to obtain their first Nobel Prize in Physics awarded in 1903. Similar to her mother, Irène was gifted in math as a child.