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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 3 (2006) pp 199-205

Irène Joliot-Curie (1897–1956): A Retrospective View on the 50th Anniversary of Her Death

Jean-Pierre Adloffand 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: 25 May 2006

Abstract. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of French physicist Irène Joliot-Curie (1897–1956), whose accomplishments have been eclipsed in the popular mind by those of her parents Pierre (1859–1906) and Marie Curie (1867–1934), who shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics, and her husband Frédéric Joliot (1900–1958), this article recounts Irène’s life and achievements, including those made with her husband.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; history of physics; nuclear chemistry; biography; discovery of elements; Nobel laureates; radiochemistry

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Issue date: June 1, 2006

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