In 1904, Pierre was given a professorship at the Sorbonne for his work.The professorship established more financial security for the Curie family -- Pierre's father had moved in to help care for the children.Inspired by work on radioactivity in uranium by Henri Becquerel, Marie Curie began research on "Becquerel rays" to see if other elements also had this quality.First she discovered radioactivity in thorium, then demonstrated that the radioactivity is not a property of an interaction between elements but is an atomic property, a property of the interior of the atom rather than how it is arranged in a molecule.I have never seen or smelled this Cum Tree before in my life, but as I live and breathe (softly) I have now.I can only hypothesis that the tree has lain dormant for the past few years due to the fact that spring has gone missing in Philadelphia recently.A month after Pierre's death, she was offered his chair at the Sorbonne, and she accepted.
That same year, the Curies established the use of radiation therapy for cancer and lupus, and their second daughter, Ève, was born. In 1905, the Curies finally traveled to Stockholm, and Pierre gave the Nobel Lecture.
Marie was annoyed by the attention to their romance rather than to their scientific work.
But security was short-lived, as Pierre was killed suddenly in 1906 when he was run over by a horse-drawn carriage on a Paris street.
However, this year the weather has been moderate and the rain plentiful, allowing the Cum Tree to bloom, sharing its beautifully delicate white flowers and its awfully pungent odor.
I can only imagine what kind of honey bees are attracted to this tree, but I would venture to guess that while they might show up fashionably late, they are fabulously dressed.