Irene was the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie. She carried on her parents' research into radioactivity, first helping to establish the use of x-rays to diagnose injuries on the battlefield in World War I. Irene began working at her mother's Radium Institute in 1921.
She married Frederic Joliot, a pupil of her mother's, in 1926. They both took the name Joliot-Curie. Together, the two physicists discovered artificial radioactivity. Their experiments found that certain elements became radioactive themselves after being exposed to radioactivity.
Irene and Frederic were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935. Irene became a professor at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1937 and in 1946 was made director of the Radium Institute.
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