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Abstract Volume 13 Issue 3 (2008) pp 161-169

Frédéric Joliot (1900–1958), Codiscoverer of Artificial Radioactivity: A Retrospective View on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

Jean-Pierre Adloff and George B. Kauffman*

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

Published online: 14 May 2008

Abstract. This article, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Frédéric Joliot (1900–1958), discusses his life and career, particularly his contributions to radiochemistry and nuclear fission, both alone and with his wife Irène Curie (1897–1956), leading to their receipt of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Radiochemistry; Artificial Radioactivity; Nuclear Fission; Priority; Uranium; Polonium; Radium; Biography; Nobel Prize: Scientists in Politics.

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Issue date: June 1, 2008

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