A week after he and his wife Marie Curie were awarded the Nobel Prize in
Physics for their work in radiation, he sets up a meeting with the Dean of the
Science Department at the Sorbonne; he was only 47 when he was killed in a
traffic accident three years later.
ALS: "P. Curie", 1p, 4½x5½. Paris,
Friday (1903 December 18). In French, fully translated. Paris Express Letter
postmarked Paris, December 18, 1903 to Paul Appel. Addressed by Curie to:
"Mr. Appel, Dean of the Faculty of the Sciences, Sorbonne".
"Sorbonne" has been crossed out and "17 rue Bonaparte" is added in
another hand. In full: "I have just seen Mr. Brusson and I have
arranged a meeting for Monday morning at 11:00 at his house 29 rue Lauriston. If
this time is convenient to you, I will come and pick you up by car Monday
morning at 10:15 at the Sorbonne or at your house if you prefer." On verso,
where the address, printed stamp and postmarks appear, Curie has penned his
name and return address: "Curie/108 Rd Kellerman". Curie conducted
research on piezoelectricity, the magnetic properties of bodies at various
temperatures, relations of magnetism, paramagnetism and diamagnetism. On
December 10, 1903, eight days before writing this letter, Pierre and his wife,
Marie Curie, were awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics in Stockholm,
Sweden, "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by
their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri
Becquerel". They shared the prize with Becquerel. In 1904, Pierre, who
had been on the faculty of the Municipal School of Industrial Physics and
Chemistry in Paris since 1882, joined the faculty at the Sorbonne. In
1906, 47-year-old Pierre Curie was killed in a traffic accident and his wife
succeeded him at the Sorbonne as Professor of Physics. Pencil notes (unknown
hand) state: "Paul Appel (1855-1930)". Autographs of Pierre Curie are
rare in any form. This is a fine example signed twice. Creased. Folds
do not touch signature.
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