Pierre Curie (1859-1906)

French physicist born in Paris, in May 15th 1859 and died in April 19th 1906 on a coach accident. Before his research work in radioactivity, Pierre discovered, along with his brother Jacques, the piezoelectricity and the laws of paramagnetic objects. This work led to his Ph.D. thesis in 1895. Along with his wife Marie Curie, isolated polonium in 1898 and radium a few months later. The Curie couple was awarded with the Nobel Prize, together with Becquerel.