Signed Postcard with Handwritten Greetings from Marie and Iréne Curie. Curie Marie, Iréne Curie.
Signed Postcard with Handwritten Greetings from Marie and Iréne Curie.
Autograph Postcard by Marie and Iréne Curie

Signed Postcard with Handwritten Greetings from Marie and Iréne Curie.

In Dakar: Dated on 7 July 1926. Photographic postcard (Afrique Occidentale, Jeune féticheuse). Sent to Reneé Galabert, at the Institut du radium in Paris.

Marie and Iréne Curie’s handwritten postcard to an associate scientist at the Institut du radium.

The postcard was sent from Dakar by Marie Curie and her daughter Iréne to Renée Galabert, asking for news from the laboratory and about the devices provided by a certain Mr. Muguet, while the two were en route to Brazil where Marie Curie held lectures in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais in the summer of 1926.

During their visit in Brazil the Curies were accompanied by a committee of the Brazilian Federation for Female Progress (Federação Brasileira pelo Progresso Feminino), thus the tour, besides its significance of making the Institut du radium better known and respected, was also important to reinforce the status of women in Brazil and encouraged their participation in the professions.

The Polish-French chemist Marie Skłodowska Curie (1867–1934) was the first woman to win a Nobel prize and the only woman so far to win it twice. Marie’s daughter Irène (Joliot-)Curie (1897– 1956) was also a scientist and Nobel Laureate for the discovery of artificial radioactivity (1935).

Renée Galabert (1894–1956) was an important researcher of the Institut du radium, who had a major role in establishing analytical standards at the Curie-laboratory. She worked at the Institute from 1919 until 1933 as the head of the measurements department.

Bibl.: Nascimento, C. K.; Braga, J. P.: Trailblazer: When Marie Curie went to Brazil. Nature, Volume 551, Issue 7681, pp. 440 (2017). https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-07236-2

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