His life story is a heavy defeat and an absolute triumph at the same time. He proved to everyone that our mind can lead us to unachieveable things. It tells us to NEVER give in!
She founded her own science institute and provided mobile x-ray stations (in a huge effort) to the french army in World War 1, treating more than 1 MILLION soldiers. Her discovery of Radium is used for many medical treatments up to this date.
There is even a Bee species that is called by his name.