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5 Of Physics’s Greatest Sex Scandals

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Physicists need love, too. Just ask Paul Frampton, the physics professor who was sentenced recently after an alleged scam involving drugs and a bikini model.
We know it can be hard to resist the temptation of bikini models on the Internet, but physicist Paul Frampton was duped pretty bad. The University of North Carolina professor flew to Bolivia to meet up with model Denise Milani, but Milani never showed up. Instead, a man with a briefcase claiming to be Milani’s intermediary sent Frampton on a drug smuggling mission. Frampton was arrested before he made it back the United States and convicted last week. We’re all fools in love, huh?

Frampton isn’t the only physicist to get caught up in a love scandal. Though most of them haven’t ended up in an Argentine prison, some did have awkward run-ins with the media. Check out these physicists who probably wish their sex lives were as invisible as dark matter.

Albert Einstein’s theory of relatives
The father of relativity wasn’t very good to his second first wife, Mileva Maric. He made her do all the housework, and in return, she got… well, nothing much in the love department. That’s because he was too busy taking lovers, including his cousin Elsa whom he later married. When asked about his love life, he would probably say, “It’s all relatives.” Zing!

Marie Curie’s radioactive love
Apparently, two Nobel prizes aren’t enough to get people off your back about that one affair you had. After Marie Curie’s husband died, she fell in love with his former student, Pierre Langevin. The man was married, so the French press made a big stink about it and started calling her a homewrecker and a Jew. For the record, Curie was not cheating on anyone herself (and was also not Jewish.)

Erwin Schrodinger’s mistresses
Here we have another physicist who wanted little do with his wife. Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger had several mistresses, one being the wife of his assistant, Arthur March. The weird part: March was cool with it and stepped in as the father of the child while his wife Hilde moved into the Schrodinger household.

Stephen Hawking and the sex clubs
It doesn’t really seem fair to pick on Hawking for a few reasons, the main one being that he currently doesn’t have a wife to cheat on, but the media did it anyway. Hawking apparently frequents the sex clubs, and the only reason that’s a scandal is because it is now horrendously public. No one’s getting hurt here, at the very least.
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November 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Marie Curie’s birth celebrated by Google doodle

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Search engine honours Nobel prize-winning scientist who was renowned for her pioneering work on radioactivity

The anniversary of the birth of scientist Marie Curie has been celebrated with a Google doodle.

The birth of Nobel prize-winning scientist Marie Curie has being marked by Google with a picture of her at her work bench on the search engine’s home page. The Polish-born physicist and chemist is renowned for her pioneering work on radioactivity and for her important contribution to the fight against cancer.

Curie was born in Warsaw on 7 November 1867, but moved to Paris in 1891 to pursue her studies in mathematics and physics at the Sorbonne. Working alongside her husband Pierre, she is credited with discovering polonium and radium, the former named after the country of her birth. The couple were awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1903, jointly with Henri Becquerel, the discoverer of radioactivity.

Curie also promoted the use of radium for therapeutic purposes. During the first world war she helped develop small, mobile X-ray units that could be used to diagnose injuries close to the battlefront. As director of the Red Cross radiological service, she toured Paris gathering money, supplies and vehicles. In October 1914 she set off to the front. She worked with there with her daughter Irene, then aged 17, at casualty clearing stations, X-raying wounded soldiers to locate fractures, bullets and shrapnel. She also held training courses in the new techniques for medical orderlies and doctors.

Curie went on to receive a second Nobel prize, this time for chemistry, in 1911.

Curie was a victim of the element she used to help others, dying on 4 July 1934 of pernicious anaemia, developed through years of exposure to radiation. She was the first woman to be interred in the Pantheon in Paris for her own achievements, and was arguably the first woman to make such a significant contribution to science.

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November 7, 2011 at 6:58 am