SHE LIVED FOR SCIENCE by Robin McKown

SHE LIVED FOR SCIENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A less well-known story than the Curies' but an equally dramatic one is that of their daughter Irene. The record of her scientific achievements cannot be separated from her biography, since, from early childhood, Irene was imbued with the same love and talent for science that inspired her parents. At the Institute of Radium, she met Frederic Joliot and with him went on to her most significant accomplishments. In pondering the facts concerning the strucute and character of the atom, Irene and Frederic made a contribution in the discovery of artifical radioactivity which won them the Nobel Prize. But like Marie, Irene scrupulously avoided the spotlight, continuing to delve into the wonders of nuclear physics, literally giving her life when an overexposure to radioactivity finally claimed it. An interesting well researched biography.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1961
Publisher: Messner