If you don't know Marie Curie, you need to get to know her and her seriously awesome life.
Nearly a decade after winning the first of her two Nobel Prizes, Marie Curie was getting lots of attention, and despite her impressive professional work in physics and chemistry almost none of it was the good kind. It seems trolls have been around much longer than the internet, and Curie, like so many women in today's society, found herself at the center of a lot of trolling. In 1911, Curie received an encouraging letter from none other than Albert Einstein, who urged her to ignore the naysayers and carry on with her impressive work.
He wrote, "I am enraged by the base manner in which the public is presently daring to concern itself with you." Sound familiar? He despises the public's "lust for sensationalism." Seriously, he could be writing about any of the borage of slut-shaming, anti-fem trolls crawling around on the internet today! Curie received most of her public rebuke from a relationship she had with her colleague and fellow physicist Paul Langevin.
The press scandalized the story and it, as it does today, resulted in her being dragged through the mud. She was called a foreign Jewish home-wrecker and was driven from her home by an angry mob, being forced to seek refuge in the home of a friend. It was during this time when Einstein sent his newly famed letter to her.
This letter is part of a Princeton-curated collection of thousands of Einstein's letters and writings and scribing left about the globe after his death. Dubbed the "Dead Sea Scroll of physics," the collection is going to be an estimated 30 volumes when all is said and done. Einstein closes his letter by saying, "Don't read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated."
You can check out all of the articles on Princeton University's site, Digital Einstein
. Curie is still the only person to win two Nobel Prizes.
Women, take note: Einstein's advice still holds true today. Keep calm, and ignore the trolls, y'all.