Paris: 1900. First Edition. Original Wraps. Quarto. Item #3022
pages 73-76, presentee par M. H. Becquerel. [together with:] Sur la penetration des rayons de Becquerel non deviables par le champ magnetique. Paris, 1900; FIRST EDITION, pages 76 thru 79, quarto; presentee par M. H. Becquerel. Published in: Comptes Rendus Hebdomadiares des Seances de l’Academie des Sciences. Paris, 1900, volume130 (No. 2. 8 Janvier 1900) Quarto, original printed wraps, unopened, Japan paper repair to wrapper spine and fore-edge of rear wrap. Neatly housed in a custom half-leather clamshell slipcase.The above works are a follow-up to Madame Curie’s important discovery, in 1898, of radium and polonium. The Becquerel rays (above, called rayons de Becquerel) were later called radioactivity. In 1903, the Curies and Becquerel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, based partly on the present works. Marie (Maria Sklodowska) Curie (1867-1934). Chemist, physicist, Professor at the Sorbonne, discoverer of the elements radium and polonium. Madame Curie succeeded her husband, Pierre Curie, as professor of physics at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1906, thus becoming the first woman titular professor at Sorbonne. She founded the Radium Institute in Warsaw, in 1913; she visited the United States in 1921 and was presented with a gram of radium-salt by President Warren G. Harding. Madame Curie was the only person to receive the Nobel Prize twice - once in physics, in 1903,and again in chemistry, in 1911. She was nominated for membership in the French Academy of Science in 1911, but was rejected by one vote, because she was a woman. The Curie (unit quantity of radon in radio-active equilibrium with 1 gram of radium) was named in honor of Marie and Pierre Curie. Madame Curie was a pioneer in the use of radio-activity in medicine, i.e., in treating cancer. This brave, brilliant and diligent lady research scientist ultimately gave her life for her work; she died of leukemia, caused by over-exposure to radio-active substances, at Haute Savoie, France, on July 4, 1934.