"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage". It's February and it's raining love all over the globe. Everyone has loved someone deeply at one or another point of their life and our scientists are no exception to it. Today, when the whole world is celebrating Valentine's Day, the day of love, we have compiled a list of 3 of the most celebrated love stories of the people belonging to scientific community. Some are emotional, some cute and some are a bit complicated. So let's dig into their love lives!
Marie Curie and Pierre Curie are examples of two geniuses who were destined for each other. Pierre was French, belonging to an academically inclined family, whereas Marie came from a poor Polish family and struggled hard to make both ends meet. Unable to continue her studies in Poland, Marie traveled to Paris in 1891 to attend the Sorbonne, where she caught eye of Pierre Curie who was director of the laboratories where Marie worked. Both had a great affinity towards science, hence, spent long hours together discussing various projects. They were not only kindred spirits, ratter their minds also matched each other's perfectly. They kept on seeing each other to discuss projects. And then they kept seeing each other as they could not bear to be apart. Slowly and steadily, love blossomed between the two & they got married. Together they gave new dimensions to the field of radioactivity.
Curies enabled one another to achieve greatness. Their love had a life of its own that gave so much to others. Their only kind of romantic dates included bike rides and hikes in the forest, ie. Nothing extravagant, but still beautiful!
Truly, a cute love story to look upto!
Though, Feynman married thrice in his life but he truly loved only one and that one was his first love Arline. Feynman's love story was full of tears and surely resembled the movie “Fault In Our Stars. He fell in love with Arline's in his teenage, she was her high school sweetheart. But then the things took an ugly turn and Arline became ill with tuberculosis and doctors didn't expect her to live much longer.Learning about her illness, Feynman ignored his parents' advice and decided to keep his promise of marrying Arline. But Arline's illness took away her life, hence leaving the 27 years old Feynman in a shattered state. Losing his soulmate, Feynman grieved her death for years. He also wrote an emotional letter for her after her death, which was not opened until his death in 1988. Richard Feynman's and Arline's love story is one of the most beautiful and tragic love story in the scientific community. In 2012 biography on Feynman, Lawrence Krauss wrote :
"Richard and Arline were soul mates. They were not clones of each other, but symbiotic opposites - each completed the other. Arline admired Richard's obvious scientific brilliance, and Richard clearly adored the fact that she loved and understood things he could barely appreciate at the time. But what they shared, most of all, was a love of life and a spirit of adventure"
The love story between Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane was complicated but beautiful. He met Jane at a New Year's Eve party and soon after he received the devastating diagnosis that he had motor neurone disease. However, the copule fell in love and Jane didn't leave him even after he was diagnosed with the deadly disease.
Within two years of meeting, the couple got married and became a family. Jane looked after her husband and family really well, but soon the things started deteriorating between them and the couple got separated in 1990, when Stephen dedided to leave Jane for his new found love Mason. However that marriage also lasted for just 11 years. But before his death, Hawking reunited with his former love Jane Wilde and his husband and his last years of his relationship with them were joyous. Even the 2014 movie,The Theory of Everything, focused on the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane .
Stephen Hawking indeed had a complicated love life.
Love is in the air and even Scientists have breathed in it. Isn't it?