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Abstract Volume 14 Issue 2 (2009) pp 70-78

Eve Curie–Labouisse (1904–2007): A Long-lived Member of a Family of Short-lived Nobel Prize Science Laureates

George B. Kauffman* and Jean-Pierre Adloff

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034, georgek@csufresno.edu, Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100, jp.adloff@noos.fr

Published online: 1 April 2009

Abstract. Eve Curie-Labouisse (1904–2007), daughter of Nobel laureates Pierre and Marie Curie, sister of Nobel laureate Irène Joliot-Curie, and sister-in-law of Nobel laureate Frédéric Joliot, died in New York City on October 28, 2007 at the age of 102. Her biography of her mother, Marie Curie (1937), was a bestseller that inspired many of our generation to pursue careers in science. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and other countries with her mother and sister. During World War II she became a feature writer for several newspapers and covered the conflict in a number of countries. She married U.S. State Department and UN official Henry R. Labouisse and became active in UNICEF and other organizations.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Nobel Prizes; Curie Family; Radiochemistry; Biography; History of Chemistry; Journalism; United Nations; World War II

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: georgek@csufresno.edu)

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Issue date: April 1, 2009

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