7 Unknown Facts about Ștefania Mărăcineanu

1. Ștefania Mărăcineanu’s was one of the pioneering women in the discovery and research of radioactivity

2. Ștefania Mărăcineanu was born in Bucharest in the year 1882. She was the daughter of Sebastian Mărăcineanu. 

3. She completed high school at the Central School for Girls in her native city in 1907. She enrolled at the University of Bucharest, receiving her degree in physical and chemical sciences in 1910.

4.  Ștefania Mărăcineanu earned a scholarship from the Romanian Ministry of Science. She decided to pursue graduate research at the Radium Institute in Paris.

5. Mărăcineanu began working on her Ph.D. thesis on polonium, an element that Curie discovered.

6. Ștefania Mărăcineanu enrolled at Sorbonne University in Paris to finish her Ph.D. in physics, which she earned in just two years! After working for four years at the Astronomical Observatory in Meudon, she returned to Romania and founded her homeland's first laboratory for the study of Radioactivity

7.  Ștefania Mărăcineanu didn't contest the Nobel prize but asked that her role in the discovery be recognized.