Following Pierre Curie’s sudden death in 1906, the Ministry of Public Education, for which Pierre held a position as titular professor of physics at the Sorbonne, offered Marie the standard widow’s pension. She promptly refused, stating that she was young enough to provide for herself and her children, and she would not wish to be denied that. Surprised, the science faculty council decided, unanimously, to maintain the chair of physics created for Pierre and offered it to Marie. She accepted, thus becoming the first female professor at the University of Paris.
Following Pierre Curie’s sudden death in 1906, the Ministry of Public Education, for which Pierre held a position as titular professor of physics at the Sorbonne, offered Marie the standard widow’s pension. She promptly refused, stating that she was young enough to provide for herself and her children, and she would not wish to be denied that. Surprised, the science faculty council decided, unanimously, to maintain the chair of physics created for Pierre and offered it to Marie. She accepted, thus becoming the first female professor at the University of Paris.
 
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