Marie and Pierre Curie


Marie Sklodowska came from Warsaw to study mathematics and physics at the Sorbonne. She had planned to return to Warsaw but then Marie met Pierre in the spring of 1894. She described first seeing her future husband and colleague: “As I entered the room, Pierre Curie was standing in the recess of a French window opening on a balcony. He seemed to me very young, though he was at that time 35 years old. "I was struck by the open expression of his face and by the slight suggestion of detachment in his whole attitude. His speech, rather slow and deliberate, his simplicity, and his smile, at once grave and youthful, inspired confidence.” Before they married, he wrote her, "It would be a beautiful thing, a thing I dare not hope if we could spend our life near each other, hypnotized by our dreams: your patriotic dream, our humanitarian dream, and our scientific dream." They were married in Pierre's hometown of Sceaux the following year. Marie and Pierre became collaborators, discovering the radioactive elements polonium, radium and actinium. Marie gave birth to Irene in 1897 and to Eve in 1904. She and Pierre, along with Henri Becquerel, were in 1903 awarded the Nobel prize in Physics. Unfortunately Pierre died in an accident in 1904. In 1911, Marie was herself awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry. Marie and Pierre's remains today are together enshrined in the crypt of the Panthéon in Paris. Quote on Marie first meeting Pierre from

École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la Ville de Paris