|The hangar on rue Lhomond.|
Pierre and Marie Curie in 1898, in the ‘discovery hangar’ at the Ecole de Physique et Chimie Industrielles then situated at 42 rue Lhomond in Paris. Pierre Curie was already renowned for his work on piezoelectricity, the symmetry of crystals, and magnetism. He abandoned his own research to work with Marie Curie on the then unknown elements responsible for the Becquerel rays. Pierre Curie died in 1906 as the result of a tragic road accident.