Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science's First Family

Author(s): Shelley Emling


A new portrait of the two time Nobel winner--drawing on family letters newly released by Marie Curie's granddaughter Marie Curie discovered the mysterious element radium, became the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, and remains the only person to have won two Nobel Prizes in different science fields. Born in Poland, she prevailed despite scandals and a xenophobic establishment that looked down on immigrants and women. But she was also a mother, widowed young, who raised two extraordinary daughters alone: Irene, a Nobel Prize winning chemist whose discoveries helped pave the way for the atom bomb, and Eve, a highly regarded humanitarian and foreign correspondent. What was life like in this family of extraordinary women? Highly acclaimed science writer Shelley Emling draws on personal interviews with Curie's granddaughter and personal family correspondence to bring the three women to life. Among the revelations contained in this book is the little known fundraising trip to the United States, organized by Missy Meloney, an American journalist, that changed Marie's science and the story of the atomic age.


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"Shelley Emling's excellent joint biography of Marie, her daughters (and a granddaughter, too) is an exhilarating story that couples scientific discovery and motherhood. A book that should propel young women into science for the sheer fun of it, it's also a rich tale of war and peace, family commitment, friendship and medical progress."--Adele Glimm, author of "Gene Hunter" and "Rachel Carson" "Ms. Emling's riveting new biography reveals in page-turning prose the life-balance struggles of a true genius. It's a tip of the hat to the private Marie, the single working mother, whose many accomplishments include her two amazing daughters."--Lisa Verge Higgins, "New York Journal of Books"

SHELLEY EMLING has been a journalist for twenty years, and her work, including science articles, has previously appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Huffington Post,,, The Christian Science Monitor, and the International Herald Tribune. Until last year, she was based in London, UK, where she covered Europe for six years for Cox Newspapers, a chain of 17 daily newspapers across the United States that includes The Atlanta Journal Constitution. She launched one of the first blogs for The International Herald Tribune, called Raising the Roof. She is currently employed by AOL to establish local news websites, called Patch sites, across the United States. She lives in upstate New York, USA.

Prologue An Absolutely Miserable Year Moving On Being with Pierre Beyond Pierre Meeting Missy Finally, America Another Dynamic Duo Turning to America - Again

General Fields

  • : 9780230115712
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : August 2012
  • : 240mm X 159mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shelley Emling
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 540.92
  • : 256
  • : Illustrations