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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 344-352

Marie and Pierre Curie’s 1903 Nobel Prize

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: 17 September 2010

Abstract. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has declared 2011 to be an International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), which coincides with the centenary of Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In the first of two articles to commemorate IYC 2011, we review the circumstances surrounding the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded half to Henri AntoineBecquerel (1852–1908) and half to Pierre (1859–1906) and Marie (1867–1934) Curie.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; history of physics; history of chemistry; nobel prize; selection of nobel laureates; biography; radioactivity; gender issues in science.

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