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noun: physics (abbreviation Ci) the former unit of radioactivity, equivalent to 3.7 x 1010 disintegrations of a radioactive source per second, which has now been replaced by the becquerel in SI units.

[20c: named after the French physicists Marie (1867-1934) and Pierre (1859-1906) Curie.]

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Curie (kürē´), family of French scientists. Pierre Curie, 1859-1906, scientist, and his wife, Marie Sklodowska Curie, 1867-1934, chemist and physicist, b. Warsaw, are known for their work on radioactivity and on radium. The Curies' daughter Irène (see under Joliot-Curie, family) was also a scientist. Pierre Curie's early work dealt with crystallography and with the effects of temperature on magnetism; he discovered (1883) and, with his brother Jacques Curie, investigated piezoelectricity (a form of electric polarity) in crystals. Marie Sklodowska's interest in science was stimulated by her father, a professor of physics in Warsaw. In 1891 she went to Paris to continue her studies at the Sorbonne. In 1895 she married Pierre Curie and engaged in independent research in his laboratory at the municipal school of physics and chemistry where Pierre was director of laboratories...    Continue Reading
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