Curie

Overview

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was not only the first woman to win the Nobel Prize -- she won two. For many years the scientific establishment in Paris neglected her work, but in 1903, with her husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel, she won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their pioneering work in the field of radioactivity. Eight years later, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her discovery of Radium and Polonium. Sarah Dry offers a picture of a more dynamic and politically engaged Curie than the isolated ...
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Overview

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was not only the first woman to win the Nobel Prize -- she won two. For many years the scientific establishment in Paris neglected her work, but in 1903, with her husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel, she won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their pioneering work in the field of radioactivity. Eight years later, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her discovery of Radium and Polonium. Sarah Dry offers a picture of a more dynamic and politically engaged Curie than the isolated genius of popular memory. This biography includes an essay by Sabine Seifert on the life of Marie Curie's little-recognized daughter and coworker, Irene Joliot-Curie, who was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1936.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904341291
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Life&Times Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,464,946
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Dry won the Rona Jaffe prize for creative non-fiction at Harvard University and went on to study at the London Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and to do post-graduate research at the University of Cambridge. This book also includes an essay by Sabine Seifert on Irène Joliot-Curie, Marie Curie's little-recognised daughter and co-worker, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935.

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Table of Contents

Early Years (1867-1891) 1
Paris (1891-1897) 11
Discovering Radium (1897-1902) 26
Theorizing Radioactivity (1902-1906) 53
Death and Laboratory Life (1906-1911) 70
Scandal (1911-1914) 81
War (1914-1918) 95
Final Years (1919-1934) 106
Irene Joliot-Curie (1897-1956) 129
Notes 151
Chronology 154
Further Reading 162
Picture Sources 165
Index 166
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