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A poll car­ried out by the BBC saw the pi­o­neer­ing sci­en­tist Marie Curie named as the most in­flu­en­tial wo­man in his­tory.

The Pol­ish-born French sci­en­tist came out on top in the reader poll con­ducted by BBC His­tory Mag­a­zine.

In her ca­reer, she con­ducted vi­tal re­search into ra­dioac­tiv­ity, re­searched can­cer treat­ments and was the first per­son to win two No­bel prizes.

The mag­a­zine asked read­ers to choose women who they thought should be on the list and en­tries were nar­rowed down to 100 to choose from.

Run­ner-up was Amer­i­can civil rights move­ment ac­tivist Rosa Parks and com­plet­ing the top three was leader of the UK suf­fragette move­ment, Em­me­line Pankhurst.

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