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This exhibit is based on the book by Naomi Pasachoff, Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

The exhibit was constructed by the Center for History of Physics with support from the American Institute of Physics and the AIP Foundation .

Author: Naomi Pasachoff
Editor: Spencer R. Weart
Web Design, main site: Tom Connell
Web Design, brief site & PDF: Linda Wooliever
Image Research: Jack Scott
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We are also very grateful to: Lawrence Badash, Soraya Boudia, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, Pierre Radvanyi, Xavier Roqué, Bernadette Vincent-Bensaud, and Association Curie et Joliot-Curie and Musée et Archives de l'Institute du Radium

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Material on this site is copyright © 2000 American Institute of Physics and Naomi Pasachoff.

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Design notes: The overall design is based on Art Nouveau, a style popular at the time radioactivity was discovered. Small design elements are taken from Ready-to-Use Art Nouveau Small Frames and Borders (Dover Clip-Art Series). The main font is Garamond; the large drop-in capital letters are from Dan X. Solo, Ready-to-Use Art Nouveau Alphabets, also published by Dover; the display font used elsewhere is ITC Benguiat. The colors are inspired by the stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Photo Credits

Images credited to ACJC are courtesy of and copyrighted © by either the Association Curie et Joliot-Curie or the Archives Curie et Joliot-Curie, Paris. Except as otherwise noted below, all other images are courtesy of and copyright © the AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Polish girlhood: Czar Alexander II: Reproduced from N.G.O. Pereira, Tsar-Liberator : Alexander II of Russia, 1818-1881. Newtonville, MA : Oriental Research Partners, 1983. Cossacks parading in Warsaw: BBC Hulton Picture Library

A Student in Paris: Paris in 1889: Anonymous photo reproduced from The Eiffel Tower : A Tour de Force. New York : The Grolier Club, 1989. Paris Rooftops: Gustave Caillebotte, Vue de toits (effet de neige), reproduced with permission of Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Research Breakthroughs: Pitchblende sample: Photo by Jay Pasachoff

Recognition and Disappointment: Mittag-Leffler: Reproduced with permission of The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. Vanity fair cover from http://info.med.yale.edu/library/curie/p-and-m-curie.html.

Tragedy and Adjustment: Childe Hassam painting: private collection

Scandal and Recovery: Branly and Curie: L'Excelsior, 23 January 1911. Langevin: Jean-Loup Charmet. Emile Borel: Reproduced with permission of The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. Hertha Ayrton: From the Institution of Electrical Engineers Archives. Curie in Birmingham: New York Public Library, General Research Division, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation

War Duty: Radium Institute: Reproduced from Curie, Eve. Madame Curie. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1938. Petite Curie: Photo by Jay Pasachoff. Marie and Irène with X-ray equipment: Marie Sklodowska Curie Museum. Curie with x-ray workers: Marie Sklodowska Curie Museum

The Radium Institute: Henri de Rothschild: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Curie and Hoover: E Towpik and R. Mould. "Marie Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Issue," Nowotwory, Polish Oncological Journal, Warsaw, 1998. Poster for a campaign urging early detection of cancer: copyright La Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer. Curie busts: Photo by Jay M. Pasachoff. Reinterment of Pierre and Marie Curie: Photo by Jay M. Pasachoff

The Romantic Legend: Greer Garson as Curie: From the film Madame Curie, MGM, 1943. The facilities in the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry shed: Photo by Jay M. Pasachoff

The End of the Curie Hold on French Science: Irène Curie photograph by William G. Myers, Ph.D., M.D., The Medical Heritage Center, The Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences Library, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Marie Curie's Continuing Legacy: Graves of Marie and Pierre Curie, Curie Museum, The Pantheon, and Curie institute all courtesy of Naomi and Jay M. Pasachoff. Illustration of "Manya" by Paul Schroder copyright © 2018 storysmith.org


Marie Curie, Pierre Curie with Autobiographical Notes. Translated by Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg (New York: Macmillan, 1923).

Eve Curie, Madame Curie. Translated by Vincent Sheean (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1938), © Doubleday, Doran.

Marie and Irène Curie, Correspondence; choix de lettres, 1905-1934, edited by Gillette Ziegler. (Paris: Éditeurs français réunis, 1974), © Éditeurs français réunis. Translated by S. Weart.

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