Born in Paris, France and ultimately attaining prominence through her work on the discovery of artificial radioactivity, Irène Joliot-Curie managed to not only recieve a Nobel Prize, but also to enable the Curie family to become the most Nobel laureates to date. During her childhood, when she was only 10 years old and after one year of traditional education, her talent in academics became obvious, prompting her mother to enable her to join “The Cooperative”, a private gathering of some of the most distinguished academies in France. After two years and gruelling studies, Irène re-entered a more orthodox learning environment at the Collège Sévigné, a university located in central Paris. Unfortunately, her studies were interrupted by the onset of World War I.
After the War, Irène returned her studies at the Radium Institute, which had been built by her parents. Her doctoral thesis was concerned with the alpha rays of Polonium, the element discovered by her parents. She later became Doctorate of Science in 1925.
Her grand discovery came to her in 1934, when along with her husband, Irène discovered the method alchemists all through history have tried to do; turn one element into another through provoking radioactive decay. For example, she was able to create radioactive Nitrogen from Boron and Phosphorus from Aluminum. This discovery brought her prominence in the scientific community, as it allowed scientist to create crucial radioactive elements cheaply and in surplus amounts. This discovery brought her the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935, and to this day she will always be remembered not only as a Nobel Prize winner, but also someone who allowed enormous advancements in the field of medicine, helping millions of other people, perhaps saving their lives.
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