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Making Marie CurieIntellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information$
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Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226235844

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226235981.001.0001

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Intellectuals of the World, Unite! Curie and the League of Nations

Intellectuals of the World, Unite! Curie and the League of Nations

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Making Marie Curie

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers Curie’s international activities during the 1920s and pays special attention to her work as a member of the League of Nation’s Commission Internationale de Coopération Intellectuelle (CICI). By concentrating on two of the topics the CICI prioritized—bibliography and scientific property—the text highlights a few key developments in the formation of modern information. Given Curie’s longstanding commitment to “pure” science and disinterestedness, it was only logical that she would take an interest in bibliography and international information sharing. That she would also be an active proponent of scientific property, that highly controversial CICI proposal that never saw the light of day, would be more unexpected. The narrative switches between these two topics and explores how the overlaps between the bibliographic and science communities evolved during the inter-war years as a question of primary interest to a particular group: the intellectual worker.

Keywords:   scientific property, bibliography, mundaneum, Paul Otlet, Henri Lafontaine, Commission Internationale de Coopération Intellectuelle, CICI, Droit du Savant, research funding

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