Irene Joliot-Curie

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie Full Name: Irene Joliot-Curie


Profession: Physicist/Chemist
Why Famous: Irene Joliot-Curie, the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie became an eminent chemist in her own right. In 1935, along with her husband Frédéric Joliot-Curie she received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of artificial radioactivity.

During WWII Joliot-Curie served with her mother as a radiographer in field hospitals before earning earning her doctorate after the war.

Working with her husband, the chemist Frédéric Joliot-Curie they carried out important research on atomic nuclei and natural and artificial radiology.

Joliot-Curie's exposure to dangerous substances eventually overcame her and she died of leukemia from its effects aged 59.

Born: September 12, 1897
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 17, 1956 (aged 58)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Married Life

  • 1926-10-04 Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie (29) weds physicist Frédéric Joliot (26) in Paris, France

Historical Events in the Life of Irene Joliot-Curie

  • 1935-12-10 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Irene Joliot-Curie (daughter of Marie Curie) and her husband Frédéric Joliot for the discovery of artificial radioactivity