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Abstract Volume 16 (2011) pp 29-40

Marie Curie’s 1911 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: 12 February 2011

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 second of two articles to commemorate IYC 2011, we review the circumstances surrounding the awarding of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Marie Curie (1867-1934).

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

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