Frédéric Joliot-Curie is born in Paris last of six children to Henri Joliot, a merchant, and Emilie Roederer.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie obtains his Doctor of Science degree at the École de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle with a thesis on the electrochemistry of radio-elements.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie becomes Lecturer at Université Paris-Sorbonne.
In a 1932 paper the couple Joliot-Courie announces a penetrating radiation from beryllium when bombarded with alpha rays. In a 1934 paper, they divulge their greatest discovery: the artificial production of radioactive elements, achieved by bombarding certain light elements, such as alluminum, boron, and magnesium with alpha radiation. This great discovery will allow scientists to study more systematically the patterns of nuclear transformations.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie at the age of 10 attends Lycée Lakanal in Sceaux, a southern suburb of Paris.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie works at Arbed, a major Luxembourg-based steel and iron producing company -experience that leaves a strong impression on him. There, he recognizes that he can achieve a brilliant position in industry. However, he decides to dedicate himself to scientific research.
Following the death of his father and the financial difficulties of his family, Frédéric Joliot-Curie move to the École Primaire Supérieure Lavoisier where he prepares the entrance examination for the Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle of the City of Paris.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie teaches at École de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie and his wife communicate their discovery to eminent physicists, such as Bohr, Rutherford, Chadwick, Fermi, de Broglie: bombarded with alpha rays aluminium emits a neutron and an electron. The auditorium disagrees, but Bohr invites the couple to follow their intuitions. Three month after the Brussels' conference, the couple prove that the nuclei of aluminium bombarded by alpha rays transforms into the radio-phosphorus, the first artificial radio-element.
In 1945, Frédéric Joliot-Curie becomes France's first High Commissioner for Atomic Energy until 1950, when he is forced out because of his peace and socialist activism, including his 1949 co-founding of the World Peace Council.
Cognizant of the dangers of nuclear chain reactions Frédéric Joliot-Curie and his wife cease their nuclear research and smuggle their papers to England until after the war. In the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France Frédéric Joliot-Curie becomes President of the National Front and establishes the French Communist party. During the liberation of Paris, his laboratory serves as a key weapons arsenal for allied forces.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie attends the École de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle in Paris under Paul Langevin, who will have a decisive influence on Joliot orienting him toward scientific research and towards a pacifist and socially conscious humanism. During these years, Joliot develops his talents as an experimenter and he graduates first in his class.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with his wife Irène "in recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements".
In the fort of Châtillon, few kilometres away from Paris, Zoe, the first French atomic pile is activated by Frédéric Joliot-Curie and his group of colleagues.
Frédéric Joliot marries Irène Curie, elder daughter to Pierre and Marie Curie and assistant at Radium Institute. They both change their surnames to Joliot-Curie.
After the death of his wife, Frédéric Joliot-Curie takes over her position as Chair of Nuclear Physics at the Université Paris-Sorbonne on the meanwhile he devotes the last two years of his life to the inauguration and development of a centre for nuclear physics at Orsay.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie does his military service at the École d'artillerie de Poitiers.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie dies in Paris.
Following the advice of Paul Langevin, Frédéric Joliot-Curie becomes Assistant to Marie Curie at the Radium Institute.
Frédéric Joliot-Curie is Professor at Collège de France. In his laboratory, he builds the first cyclotron in Western Europe. He achieves a physical proof of the fission of the uranium nucleus and, later on, with the help of Hans Halban and Lev Kowarski, joined by Francis Perrin, he works on chain reactions and the requirements for the construction of an atomic pile using uranium and heavy water receiving five patents between 1939 and 1940. During these years, he is also very involved in politics.