Thursday 19th April 1906
Nobel Prize winning scientist Pierre Curie (46) died as a result of a carriage accident in a storm while crossing the Rue Dauphine in Paris. One of the wheels ran over his head fracturing his skull. He was a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. In1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, and Henri Becquerel, “in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel”.