AUTHOREmling, Shelley
TITLEMarie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science's First Family
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2012
ISBN978-0-230-11571-2


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 The author’s access to private letters, the unpublished papers of daughter Irene, and an interview with Marie’s granddaughter, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, allow her to present a fresh, personal view of the subject.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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