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  1. First, I will recall a story from the recent past. Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman refused a million-dollar prize for solving the Poincare problem, saying that he has everything.

    Marie Curie was exactly the same scientist. She was not particularly interested in money and public awards – she had enough of a professor's salary. In addition, Maria was a pacifist, and the Legion of Honor was strongly associated with wars and revolutions. Madame wasn't even interested in becoming the first woman to receive this award.

    A few years later, Curie “surpassed” Jean-Paul Sartre. He refused not only the highest order of France, but also the Nobel Prize.

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