“Anyone who does not number among these reptiles is certainly happy that we have such personages among us as you.”
One autumn afternoon in 1911 Marie Curie returned home to find an angry mob gathering outside shouting threats at her. Apparently she had now become “a foreign Jewish homewrecker” for having an affair with a married and separated colleague, four years after Pierre’s death, which the press had caught on (if you wonder, she wasn’t even Jewish).
Some days later Curie received her second Nobel prize. The “scandal” was still more important to some, for instance to the mob and to fellow nobelist Svante Arrhenius, who (unsuccesfully) urged her to skip the prize ceremony.
Between these two events a fan of Curie’s work sent her a short letter of support; the letter was apparently a suave equivalent of a today’s “haters gonna hate” sticker. The fan was Al Einstein and the letter can be read here.