Four People Have Won the Nobel Prize Twice

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To date, four people have won a Nobel Prize twice.  Those include: Maria Sklodowska-Curie (1903 and 1911, for discovery of radioactivity (physics) and later for isolating pure radium (chemistry)); John Bardeen (1956 and 1972, for invention of the transistor (physics) and for coming up with the theory of superconductivity(physics)); Linus Pauling (1954 and 1962, for research into the chemical bond in terms of complex substances (chemistry) and for anti-nuclear activism (peace)); and Frederick Sanger (1958 and 1980, for discovering the structure of the insulin molecule (chemistry) and inventing a method to determine base sequences in DNA (chemistry)).


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  1. Grant November 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    It’s Marie Curie…

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven November 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      @Grant Indeed, stupid typos :-)

    • Andreas S October 9, 2013 at 4:38 am - Reply

      Maria sure sounds more Polish to me than the anglofied (or in this case maybe just French) version Marie. Or to quote Wikipedia where both names are used:
      “In late 1891 she left Poland for France.[17] In Paris, Maria (or Marie, as she would be known in France) briefly found shelter with her sister and brother-in-law”.

  2. likeascientist October 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    both are correct actually…

  3. throwaway May 16, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    you forgot about Georg von Bekesy

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