Pierre Curie was born on this day in 1859.
Pierre Curie was a French physicist famous for his research in
crystallography and magnetism. Together with his wife Marie, they isolated radium and polonium in 1898 and later discovered the properties of radium and its transformation products. Together they were awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in
1903 for their work on the spontaneous radiation discovered by
Becquerel, who was awarded the other half of the Prize.
On the 19 June 1903 Pierre, accompanied by his Marie,
lectured at the Royal Institution during a Friday Evening Discourse on Radium. These photos show the copper alloy pot and box which held an early sample of radium that he demonstrated – still radioactive to this day.
Today’s birthday May 15th 1859 : French physical chemist Pierre Curie