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IRENE JOLIOT-CURIE Irene Curie was a brilliant dedicated scientist who accomplished many things throughout her life but was overshadowed by those around her throughout her life She was overshadowed by Nobel laureate parents Maire and Pierre Curie by co-laureate and husband Jean Frederick Joliot by her physicist daughter Helene who was married to Paul Langevins grandson and by biochemist son Pierre Joliot She was also overshadowed by her non-scientist sister Eve Denise Curie who wrote the biography of her mother that inspired so many people Some people say that if it were not for her mother she would not have the opportunities that allowed her to become one of the most brilliant scientists Although she was overshadowed by many of the people around her her scientific genius was inherited from her mother and father As a daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie she was considered by colleagues with less familiar advantages to be the Crown Princess of science Many were taken aback by her imperturbable calm which they mistook for coldness and by her direct manner in answering questions which was misconstrued as haughtiness She had a powerful personality simple direct and self-reliant She knew her mind and spoke it sometimes perhaps with devastating frankness but her remarks were informed with such regard for scientific truth and with such conspicuous sincerity that they commanded the greatest respect in all circumstances She was finally recognized for her genius and not her social graces Also underestimated by her colleagues was the effect in her life and career of a devoted and brilliant teacher her mother Irene was born on September 12 1897 the elder of two daughters born to Marie and Pierre Curie Without anticipating womens lib but simply not questioning her ability to do so Maire combined an active career in research with motherhood To Marie an important part of motherhood was orchestrating the education of her daughters From her earliest childhood it was clear
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