At age 15, Marie graduated from secondary school and presented her father with a gold medal for being at the top of her class. He expected nothing less than that. Marie still had a thirst for knowledge, but she was not permitted to attend the men-only University of Warsaw. She began to study with the Floating University, a "university" that moved from house to house to avoid being caught, thus the name. Marie desperately wanted to study in "education heaven", A.K. A. France, and so did Bronya, one of her siblings. Marie said that she would support Bronya while she was in school, and that her sister would do the same for her. For about five years, Marie worked as a tutor and governess. During that time, she went to the "Museum of Industry and Agriculture", which was actually and illegal lab training for the Polish. After almost eight years, Marie could finally go to the Sorbonne and study in Paris. She was only twenty-four. In the year of 1893, Marie heard the final exam results, and she was in first place. She continued her studies and earned a degree in mathematical sciences.
Marie made many discoveries, but the two that stand out are the discovery of two elements and the winning of not one, but two, Nobel Peace prizes. Curie discovered radium and polonium, polonium named after her homeland: Poland. Her Nobel Peace prizes were won in two areas, physics and chemistry.