Albert Einstein wrote a letter to Marie Curie in November 1911 after she had won the second Nobel Prize, and he would win it only ten years later:

"Highly appreciated Mrs. Curie,

Don't laugh at me writing to you without having anything sensitive to say, but I'm so annoyed by the low way the public is dealing with you that I have to say this… I'm convinced you despise it anyway this crowd, both when it endlessly respects you with servility and when it seeks to satiate its lust for sensation. I feel it a duty to say how much I admire your intellect, your will and your honesty, and I feel lucky to have known you personally in Brussels. Anyone who does not count himself among these reptiles is certainly happy, now as before, to have between us characters like you and Langevin too, with whom one feels privileged to have contact. If the crowd is still dealing with you, please don't read them stupid, but leave the reptiles they were made for.

With the best regards to you, Langevin and Perrin, yours very sincerely "

* Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and in Chemistry in 1911.

Albert Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.