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Item 212 - Marie Curie Catalog 576 (Feb 2020)

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ALS in French, one page, 6 x 7.5, February 1933. Letter to Henriette Perrin, the wife of the 1926 Nobel Prize-winning French physicist Jean Baptiste Perrin, in full: "I have learned of the happy birth of your new granddaughter and I want to tell you that I share your joy. Please tell Francis and Colette of my best wishes for the prosperity of their extended family." In very good condition, with a small stain to the upper left corner, overall creasing, and splitting to the ends of the intersecting folds.

Curie congratulates Henriette Perrin on the birth of her granddaughter, Francoise Perrin, the only daughter of Henriette's son Francis Perrin (1901-1992), himself a notable physicist, and his wife Colette nee Auger (1904-1997), sister to the important French physicist Pierre Victor Auger, discoverer of the Auger effect and a student of Jean Perrin. Francis earned a doctorate in mathematics after writing a thesis on the subject of Brownian motion, after which he joined the College de France where he worked on uranium fission, was chair of Atomic and Molecular Physics from 1946 to 1972 and, with Frederic Joliot-Curie, Marie Curie's former assistant and son-in-law, explored the possibilities of nuclear energy. A particularly desirable example boasting Curie's full first name, as she often signed with only a first initial.

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