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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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Born: May 15, 1859 in Paris, France
Died: April 19, 1906 in Paris, France

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