Pierre and Marie Curie In the photographs that survive, their faces have a studied and studious look, their minds more on their experiments than on one another. In 1898, they discovered the elements radium and polonium – their remarkable work as radiology pioneers won them a joint Nobel prize in 1903. Today, their names are carved on a crypt in the Pantheon in Paris. They passed on the scientific gene: their children and grandchildren became distinguished scientists too.
Pierre and Marie Curie shortly after their wedding, 1895, Sceaux . [for their wedding contract] - There was no lawyers necessary, as the marriage pair possessed nothing in the world - nothing but two glittering bicycles bought the day before with money sent as a present from a cousin, with which they were going to roam the countryside in the coming summer. — Ève Curie, in Madame Curie (1938)
"The lab notes, papers, books, and furniture of Pierre and Marie Curie from the late 1800s are so irradiated that they are today considered too dangerous to handle. They are currently stored in lead-lined boxes at the National Library of France, where those who wish to view them can do so only after they sign a waver of liability and don protective clothing. These precautions will be necessary for several thousand years to come."