Marie Curie became that rare thing - a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip. They were fascinated because she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and is still the only person to have won two Nobels in two different sciences.
The Anatomy lesson of the city surgeon Petrus Camper in Amsterdam; with Petrus Camper, Loth Lothz, Pieter Jas, Coenraad Nelson, Nicolaas van der Meulen, Abraham Richard, Johannes Stijger, Gerrit van der Weert (far left the servant Van der Weert), 1758, by Tibout Regters. Note brain on a platter center foreground. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tibout_Regters_-_De_anatomische_les_van_Petrus_Camper.jpg