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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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  • As it goes on, it's clear that Curie is held out as an exception - a woman "as good as a man" at science.

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  • The great success of Professor and Madame Curie is the best illustration of the old proverb, coninucta valent, union is strength.

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  • Pierre also discovered the effect of temperature on paramagnetism, which is now known as Curie's law.

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  • 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.

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  • He showed that the magnetic properties of a given substance change at a certain temperature - this temperature is now known as the Curie point.

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  • 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.

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