Four People Have Won the Nobel Prize Twice


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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  • It’s Marie Curie…

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Grant Indeed, stupid typos 🙂

      • No, It’s actually Maria Sklodowska – Curie. Polish scientist who married a French scientist. She didn’t change her surname to ” Marie Curie”

    • 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”.

    • Maria Skłodowska – Curie is correct. She was polish, and she didn’t want her name to be changed

  • both are correct actually…

    • @likeascientist I’m afraid not. “Marie Curie” is not correct at all. Maria/Marie Skłodowska – Curie is correct. She never wanted to change her name to “Marie Curie”, so respect that

  • you forgot about Georg von Bekesy

    • Nope. Georg von Békésy was awarded the Nobel Prize only once and that too in Physiology or Medicine for his research on the function of the cochlea in the mammalian hearing organ in 1961.

  • So you have this amazing info, and all ya’ll want to discuss is which spelling/name is correct! dumb asses. It’s been over 100 years since Marie Curie won her second Nobel, where are the other women. That’s a topic for discussion. That’s something to debate. Why aren’t more women represented here?