Pierre Joliot

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Pierre Adrien Joliot-Curie
Born (1932-03-12) 12 March 1932 (age 86)
Paris, France
Spouse(s)Anne Joliot-Curie
AwardsOrdre National du Mérite, Légion d'honneur
Scientific career

Pierre Adrien Joliot-Curie (born 12 March 1932 in Paris) is a noted French biologist and researcher for the CNRS. A researcher there since 1956, he became a Director of Research in 1974 and a member of their scientific council in 1992.[1] He was a scientific advisor to the French Prime Minister from 1985 to 1986 and is a member of Academia Europæa. He was made a commander of the Ordre National du Mérite (English: the National Order of Merit) in 1982 and of the Légion d'honneur (English: Legion of Honor) in 1984.[2]

Pierre Joliot held the Chair of Cellular Bioenergetics (1981–2002) at the Collège de France and is now emeritus professor. He is also a member of the Academy of Science of France. In 2002, he published a paper presenting the design of the research, 'La Recherche Passionnément' (English: Research Passionately).


Joliot is from a family of noted scientists. His grandparents, Marie and Pierre Curie together with Henri Becquerel won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for their study of radioactivity. Marie also won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. Joliot's parents, Irène Joliot-Curie and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. His sister, Hélène Langevin-Joliot, is a noted nuclear physicist.[3] He is married to biologist Anne (née Gricouroff) Joliot-Curie and they have two children, Marc Joliot (b. 1962) and Alain Joliot (b. 1964).[4][5]


  1. ^ "Biography @ Evene" (in French). Retrieved 2007-01-24. Google translation
  2. ^ "Career Timeline" (in French). College of France. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2007-01-24. Google translation
  3. ^ "Family Tree". links.org. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  4. ^ | New Scientist, 17 June 1976
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