July 28, 2020

Curie Notebooks

I watched Radioactive. It’s flawed—we have to watch Marie Curie apparently predict (or at least be blamed for nuclear weapons, atomic weapons, and the Chernobyl disaster) but not too bad: Rosamund Pike is very good and they do show Curie working with her daughter Irene Joliot-Curie. Though the dynasty is cut off there: in real life Helene and Pierre (Marie and Pierre’s grandchildren) are both scientists as is Helene’s son, Yves Langevin. Yves is also the great-grandson of Paul Langevin, who had an affair with Marie Curie after Pierre Senior died.

Anyway, the thing I discovered in related Wikipediaing today is that Marie’s notebooks are still radioactive and are stored in lead boxes. You need to sign a waiver to get access to them, and many of her other effects.

© Graham Lee