July 26

Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie Photo Credit: Vitold Muratov [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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The Curies Wed

Pierre Curie and Marie Skłodowska wed on this day in 1895, formalizing one of science's great partnerships and love stories.

The Curies would share the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with Henri Becquerel for their studies of spontaneous radioactivity. Marie would become the first person to win a second Nobel when she won the 1911 prize in chemistry for her discoveries of radium and polonium.

Marie and Pierre's older daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, and her husband, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, were awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of artificial radioactivity.

Check out the Science NetLinks collection The Atom and Nuclear Science to learn more. The high school lesson, Splitting the Atom, is a good place to start.

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