Pierre Curie was born on May 15, 1859 in Paris France. He was educated at the Sorbonne and is known as the father of modern physics. He is a pioneer in radioactive studies and is the husband of Madame Marie Curie. Curie and his wife won the Noble Prize in Physics in 1903 and the curie, a unit of radioactivity was named after him.
Pierre met Maria Sklodowska while at school. He was immediately intrigued and proposed to her. Marie refused but finally agreed to marry Pierre on July 26, 1895.
Pierre studied ferromagnetism, diamagnetism and paramagnetism. He discovered the effect of temperature on paramagnetism and this is now Curie's law. He worked with Marie isolating polonium and radium. The term radioactivity was pioneered during their research and the first discovery of nuclear energy was found by Pierre and one of his students. He termed alpha, beta and gamma radiation. Curie sought to explain magnetism using spiritual phenomena. He read books on spiritualism and introduced theories into his studies. He attended s?ances as a scientific study and tried to monitor different parameters.
Pierre did not go to s?ances as a mere spectator, and his goal certainly was not to communicate but research. Irene Joliot Curie and her husband are also physicists. They were also awarded a Nobel Prize for their work. Eve wrote a biography of her mother and Helene Langein-Joliot is a professor of nuclear physics at the University of Paris. Their grandson Pierre Joliot is a biochemist.
On April 19, 1906 Pierre was crossing the Rue Dauphine when he slipped and fell under a horse drawn cart. He died instantly. Pierre and Marie Curie are enshrined in the crypt of the Pantheon in Paris.