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2007: Ève Curie: The Only Member of the Curie Family who didn’t Win a Nobel Prize Dies at 102

2007: Ève Curie: The Only Member of the Curie Family who didn’t Win a Nobel Prize Dies at 102
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  • Ève Curie wasn't a scientist, unlike most other members of her family, but was a renowned writer and journalist. Her husband was the director of UNICEF for a long time, so that she earned the nickname “The First Lady of UNICEF”. It is very interesting that Ève's father, mother, sister, brother-in-law, and husband were all Nobel Prize winners, and her mother even won two prizes.

This day in 2007 marked the death of Ève Curie, the daughter of famous scientists Marie and Pierre Curie. Ève had a sister named Irène Joliot-Curie, who continued in her parents’ footsteps and became a scientist. Irène married Frédéric Joliot, and both of them took the surname Joliot-Curie.

Ève Curie was actually the only person in her family who didn’t earn the Nobel Prize. Namely, her mother Marie won two such prizes (for physics and for chemistry). She was also the first woman in history to win that prize. Ève’s father, Pierre, won a Nobel Prize in physics in 1903 together with his wife. Ève’s sister Irène Joliot-Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with her husband Frédéric (Ève’s brother-in-law).

Interestingly, Ève Curie married Henry Richardson Labouisse, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in the name of UNICEF in 1965. Therefore Ève’s father, mother, sister, brother-in-law, and husband were all Nobel Prize winners, and her mother even won two prizes.

Ève Curie wasn’t a scientist, unlike most other members of her family, but was a renowned writer and journalist. Her reportage from the war has been gathered in the book “Journey Among Warriors”, and she also wrote a biography of her mother, titled “Madame Curie”. The book achieved great success and became a bestseller, and there was even a movie based on it made in 1943.

Ève’s husband Henry Richardson Labouisse was the director of UNICEF for a long time, so that she earned the nickname “The First Lady of UNICEF”. He also worked as an ambassador in Greece. Ève lived to be 102 years old, and died in New York on this day.

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