AUTHOREmling, Shelley
TITLEMarie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science's First Family
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY

This biography chronicles mainly the last two decades of eminent physicist Marie Curie’s life and her relationships with her two daughters as a single mother after her husband’s tragic death in 1906. The author’s access to private letters, the unpublished papers of daughter Irene, and an interview with Marie’s granddaughter, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, allow her to present a fresh, personal view of the subject. The book recounts how Curie's visit to the United States in 1921 to raise money for her Radium Institute transformed her from a private person into a national celebrity and provided the opportunity for her to travel extensively in the country with her daughters. The narrative also describes the successful careers of her daughters, Nobel prize-winning scientist Irène Joliot-Curie and renowned journalist Ève Curie Labouisse.

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