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I have this vague recollection of learning about Marie Curie at some point, knew she had won the Nobel Prize, and knew she had worked in the area of radium and cancer treatment. That was about all I knew.
Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family is a joint biography of Marie and her daughters Irene and Eve. Their struggles against the extraordinary prejudice towards women in science are described, along with their tours of the US to raise $50,000 to buy radium for research, and the health effects of their work.
Its not all science… the relationship between Marie and her daughters, Marie’s near nervous breakdown over a love affair, and Irene’s blindness about Communist regimes are all described.
This very readable book was written with the cooperation of Irene’s daughter who provided access to family letters and journals.
Those interested in science, women’s struggles in the sciences, mother / daughter relationships, the 1920’s would enjoy this book.
Marie Curie and her daughters : the private lives of science's first family