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Irène Joliot-Curie

Poncie Rutsch

Irène Joliot-Curie after presenting her PhD dissertation on May 23, 1921 (Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives)

Irène Joliot-Curie after presenting her PhD dissertation on May 23, 1921 (Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives)

Irène Joliot-Curie found that radioactivity wasn't just something to be found in the earth's elements -- scientists could make other metals radioactive. And then her research took her right up to nuclear fission...and World War II.

Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie in their laboratory in 1935. (Public domain, originally from Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie in their laboratory in 1935. (Public domain, originally from Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Music in this episode:
Thematic by Blue Dot Sessions
Divider by Chris Zabriskie
John Stockton Slow Drag by Chris Zabriskie
Frog Legs Rag by James Scott from 1906 piano roll
Keep The Prices Down by Podington Bear
Morning Mist by Podington Bear
The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions
Beachhead by Podington Bear
Grand Fell by Blue Dot Sessions
Because You Hold Me Tight by Alex Fitch

Irène helps her mother, Marie Curie with a piezo-quartz electrometer, circa 1923. Photo via the Wellcome Trust.

Irène helps her mother, Marie Curie with a piezo-quartz electrometer, circa 1923. Photo via the Wellcome Trust.