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- Curie, Irène See Irène Joliot-Curie.
- Curie, Marie Originally Manja Skłodowska. 1867-1934. Polish-born French chemist. She shared a 1903 Nobel Prize with her husband, Pierre Curie (1859-1906), and Henri Becquerel for fundamental research on radioactivity. In 1911 she won a second Nobel Prize for her discovery and study of radium and polonium.
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- proper n. A surname, especially referring to Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie.
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- n. French physicist; husband of Marie Curie (1859-1906)
- n. French chemist (born in Poland) who won two Nobel prizes; one (with her husband and Henri Becquerel) for research on radioactivity and another for her discovery of radium and polonium (1867-1934)
- n. a unit of radioactivity equal to the amount of a radioactive isotope that decays at the rate of 37,000,000,000 disintegrations per second
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I mean, there's all those historical scientists, good old Marie Curie (I was in Curie House at school, too), or Rosalind Franklin and all the handy assistance she gave Crick and Watson.
Curie is best known for her dedication to to studies in radiation, promoting the use of radium to alleviate suffering.
As it goes on, it's clear that Curie is held out as an exception - a woman "as good as a man" at science.
The great success of Professor and Madame Curie is the best illustration of the old proverb, coninucta valent, union is strength.
Pierre also discovered the effect of temperature on paramagnetism, which is now known as Curie's law.
Moreover, he proved that ferromagnetic substances exhibited a critical temperature transition, above which the substances lost their ferromagnetic behavior; this is now known as the Curie point.
He showed that the magnetic properties of a given substance change at a certain temperature - this temperature is now known as the Curie point.
The cutoff point is called the Curie temperature, measured in kelvins.
The university group, led by Jerome Buhl, suggests that such changes of movement are mathematically similar to the behaviour of a magnetic material like iron-which, if heated above a certain temperature, known as the Curie temperature, loses its magnetism.
(The Columbian/Zachary Kaufman) "Curie" by Sarah Cosman, mixed media.