Amb. Delattre Attends Gala for Women in Science
Washington, D.C. , October 29 2013
Ambassador François Delattre joined the medical community on October 29 to honor women in science at the third annual U.S. Marie Curie Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.
The gala was hosted by the Institut Curie, a French organization whose name recognizes Marie Curie, one of the most prominent women in science. The group celebrated this year’s launching of the Marie Curie Grant, which will be awarded annually to postdoctoral U.S. citizens to fund their work at the Institut Curie in Paris, partnering talent from France and the United States.
During his speech at the event, Amb. Delattre praised the group’s strong leadership in medicine. “Friendship with America was an important part of Marie Curie’s personal life,” he said. “Our ambition is to bring this partnership to a new level and to open together a new chapter in the fight against cancer.”
Marie Curie was a leading light in 20th-century science. She helped pioneer the field of radiology, as well as now-common practices such as X-ray scans. During World War I, she established the first military radiological centers. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person ever to win in multiple sciences. Marie Curie was also the first female professor at the University of Paris. Her legacy carries on through the Institut, which has offices in Paris and Warsaw, Poland, her hometown.
American dignitaries at the event included Senators Edward Markey (Massachusetts) and Barbara Mikulski (Maryland).
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