Pierre Curie Facts

Pierre Curie Facts
Pierre Curie (May 15, 1859 to April 19, 1906) was a French physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, and Henri Becquerel, "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel."
Interesting Pierre Curie Facts:
Pierre Curie was born in Paris where his father was a doctor.
He was educated at home until he entered the Sorbonne to study physics.
He was granted a degree in physics in 1878.
He was a demonstrator in the physics lab until 1888 when he became the head of all practical work in the Physics and Industrial Chemistry Schools.
In 1895 he received his PhD and became Professor of Physics.
In 1904 he became Titular Professor.
Working with his brother, Jacques, Curie discovered piezoelectric effects.
He became interested in the study of magnetism and discovered that temperature changes the magnetic properties of a given substance.
The point of change is known as the Curie point.
In order to carry out his experiments in magnetism and electricity he invented several new pieces of equipment.
He joined his wife, Marie, in her experiments with radiation.
Although they had to work in extremely difficult situations and had very little support they discovered radium in 1898.
Their foundational work on the properties of radium and polonium was the basis for much of the research on nuclear physics and chemistry of the 20th century.
In 1903 they shared the Nobel Prize with Henri Becquerel.
Also in 1903 Pierre and Marie Curie were jointly awarded the Davy Medal of the Royal Society of London.
In 1905 he was elected to the Academy of Sciences.
The Curies' daughter, Irene shared the 1935 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with her husband Frederic Joliot.
Pierre was killed when he was hit by a vehicle on the streets of Paris.


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