Jacques Curie

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Jacques (1856-1941, left) with his brother Pierre (1859-1906) and his parents Eugène Curie (1827-1910) and Sophie-Claire Depouilly (1832-1897)

Paul-Jacques Curie (29 October 1855 – 19 February 1941) was a French physicist and professor of mineralogy at the University of Montpellier.[1] Along with his younger brother, Pierre Curie, he studied pyroelectricity in the 1880s, leading to their discovery of piezoelectricity and some of the mechanisms involved.[2] [3] The piezoelectric electrometer co-developed by Jacques and Pierre Curie was an important instrument in the work on radioactivity by Marie Curie and Pierre Curie.


  1. ^ Senior, John (1998). Marie and Pierre Curie. Sutton. p. 17. ISBN 9780750915274. 
  2. ^ Curie, J. and Curie, P. (1880). "Development, via compression, of electric polarization in hemihedral crystals with inclined faces". Bulletin de la Societe de Minerologique de France. 3: 90–93. 
  3. ^ Manbachi, A. and Cobbold R.S.C. (November 2011). "Development and Application of Piezoelectric Materials for Ultrasound Generation and Detection". Ultrasound. 19 (4): 187–196. doi:10.1258/ult.2011.011027. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22.