Pioneering scientist and double-Nobel prize winner Marie Curie has been voted the woman with the most significant impact on world history.
created a list of '100 women who changed the world' as selected by 10 experts, and asked readers to rank them - and Curie came up top.
Polish-born Curie became the first person to win two Nobel prizes - one for physics and one for chemistry. Her pioneering research into radioactivity in the early 20th century launched cancer treatments and developed the use of X-rays in surgery.
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks came in second place, followed by suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, Ada Lovelace and Rosalind Franklin.
Lovelace was a British mathematician who is widely regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a 'and the first computer .
British chemist Franklin was anwho made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of .
Patricia Fara, president of the British Society for the History of Science, said: 'She [Curie] was the first woman to win a Nobel prize in physics, first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person - note the use of "person" there, not "woman" - to win a second Nobel prize.
'The odds were always stacked against her. In Poland her patriotic family suffered under a Russian regime. In France she was regarded with suspicion as a foreigner - and of course, wherever she went, she was discriminated against as a woman.'
BBC History Magazine deputy editor Charlotte Hodgman added: 'The poll has shone a light on some truly extraordinary women from history, many of whose achievements and talents were overlooked in their own lifetimes.'