Frédéric Joliot-Curie

French scientist (1900-1958)

Jean Frédéric Joliot-Curie (French: [fʁedeʁik ʒɔljo kyʁi]; né Joliot; 19 March 1900 – 14 August 1958) was a French physicist.

Frédéric Joliot-Curie
Jean Frédéric Joliot

(1900-03-19)19 March 1900
Paris, France
Died14 August 1958(1958-08-14) (aged 58)
Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Paris
Known forAtomic nuclei
Spouse(s)Irène Joliot-Curie
ChildrenHélène Langevin-Joliot (b. 1927)
Pierre Joliot (b. 1932)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, chemistry

He was the husband of Irène Joliot-Curie. Both were given the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity.[1][2]

He founded with his wife Irène Joliot-Curie the Orsay Faculty of Sciences, part of the Paris-Saclay University.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Blackett, P. M. S. (1960). "Jean Frederic Joliot 1900–1958". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. Royal Society publishing. 6: 86–105. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1960.0026. ISSN 0080-4606.
  2. Goldsmith, Maurice (1976). Frédéric Joliot-Curie: a biography. London: Lawrence & Wilshart. ISBN 0-85315-342-6. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. "History". UFR Sciences (in French). 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-08-06.