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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 2 (2006) pp 110-117

Pierre Curie (1859–1906): A Retrospective View on the Centenary of His Death

Jean-Pierre Adloff and George B. Kauffman*

Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100, and Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 15 March 2006

Abstract. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of French physicist Pierre Curie (1859–1906), whose accomplishments have been eclipsed in the popular mind by those of his wife Marie (1867–1934), this article recounts Pierre’s life and achievements, including those made, often with his brother Jacques, before his better known work on radioactivity with Madame Curie, with whom he shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; History of Chemistry; History of Physics; Nuclear Chemistry; Biography; Discovery of Elements; Nobel Laureates; Radiochemistry

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Issue date: April 1, 2006

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