Madame Curie

The November 27 1937 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail contained ads from both Simpson’s and Eaton’s for a new book about scientist Marie Curie. The book was written by her daughter, Ève:



Careful shoppers would have noted that the book cost $4 at both stores. The stores knew a good thing when they saw one: the book became a bestseller and won the National Book Award for non-fiction.

Ève was the only member of her immediate family not to become a Nobel prize winner. Her parents, Pierre and Marie Curie, her sister, Irène Joliot-Curie, and her brother-in-law, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, all won Nobel Prizes for science. Her husband, Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr., collected the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 on behalf of UNICEF.

Ève Curie lived a long life, passing away in 2007 at the age of 102.

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