Hélène Langevin-Joliot

Hélène Langevin-Joliot (née Joliot-Curie; born 19 September 1927) is a French nuclear physicist.

Hélène Langevin-Joliot
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Langevin-Joliot in 2012
Hélène Joliot-Curie

(1927-09-19) 19 September 1927 (age 94)
Paris, France
ChildrenYves Langevin, Françoise Langevin-Mijangos
Scientific career
ThesisContribution à l'étude des phénomènes de freinage interne et d'autoionisation associés à la désintégration β. (1956)


She was educated at the IN2P3 (English: Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics) at Orsay, a laboratory which was set up by her parents Irène Joliot-Curie and Frédéric Joliot-Curie. She is a member of the French government's advisory committee.[2] She is a professor of nuclear physics at the Institute of Nuclear Physics at the University of Paris and a director of research at the CNRS. She is also known for her work in actively encouraging women to pursue careers in scientific fields.[3][4] She is chairperson of the panel that awards the Marie Curie Excellence award, a prize given to outstanding European researchers.[5] She was president of the French Rationalist Union from 2004 to 2012.[6]


Langevin-Joliot comes from a family of well-known scientists.

In response to her family's legacy, Langevin-Joliot regularly grants interviews and gives talks about their history.[4][7] Her knowledge of her family's history led to her writing the introduction to Radiation and Modern Life: Fulfilling Marie Curie's Dream, including a brief history of the Curies.[8]

Her husband, Michel Langevin, was grandson of the famous physicist Paul Langevin (who had an affair with the widowed Marie Curie, Hélène's grandmother, in 1910) and was also a nuclear physicist at the institute; her son, Yves (b. 1951), is an astrophysicist.[7][9]


  1. ^ "Marie Curie – Polish Girlhood (1867–1891) Part 1". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Rencontre avec Hélène Langevin-Joliot" (in French). canslup.unilim.fr. Retrieved 2010-02-03.[permanent dead link] Google translation
  3. ^ "Madam {sic} Curie's Legacy". best.me.berkeley.edu. Archived from the original on 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with Hélène Langevin-Joliot, the Granddaughter of Pierre and Marie Curie". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
  5. ^ "First EU Marie Curie Awards in recognition of world-class achievements in European research". Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
  6. ^ "Union rationaliste – Qui sommes-nous ?" (in French). union-rationaliste.org. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  7. ^ a b "Marie & Pierre Curie's granddaughter, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, visits the United States". Eurekalert.org. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
  8. ^ Landsberger, S. (2006). "Radiation and modern life Fulfilling Marie Curie's dream". Journal of Clinical Investigation. 116 (2): 286. doi:10.1172/JCI27773. PMC 1359067.
  9. ^ "Family Records". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-24.