EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES / AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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Pierre Curie (1859-1906), Nobel Prize-winning French physicist. Curie and his brother jointly discovered the piezoelectric effect in crystals in 1880. In 1895, he married Polish-French physicist Marie Sklodowska, with whom he researched the newly discovered phenomenon of radioactivity. They discovered two new elements (polonium and radium) and won the 1903 Nobel Prize for physics. Photograph from Schopfer Des Neuen Weltbildes: Grosse Physiker Unserer Zeit ("Creators Of The New World View: Great Physicists Of Our Time"), 1952.
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