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Jean’s father, Maurice Choplin was a stock broker, responsible for price settings on shares of companies. His mother Suzanne, born in the year 1900, had become a renowned scientist after she graduated from university “Ecole Normale Superieure Science” in Sevres, France, in 1920 already at the age of 20 accumulating three doctorates - chemistry, physics, and natural history - ranking first for each in France. Her extraordinary scientific capacity did not go unnoticed by Nobel-prize-winner Marie Curie (*1867), whom she worked for as teacher and head of the laboratory at the “Lycee Marie Curie” in Sceaux. The Curie family had drawn quite a number of scientists to the laboratory in the first part of the 20th century (Rayner-Canham, p. 5 and others). “Even though we lived in Cachan, close to Sceaux, Marie Curie convinced my mother to move to Sceaux, to be not further than five minutes from her house”, Jean remembers.

The Presiding Table at the 3rd Annual AIESEC Congress in Paris, 1951

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After Marie Curie died in 1934, Suzanne Choplin continued her research work with Marie Curie’s daughter Irene Joliot-Curie. In 1939 the laboratory started to do research on nuclear energy - and clandestinely the atomic bomb. The scientific community not only did research together, but also the families had close contact. Thus the young Jean grasped the spirit of research, scientific precision, and truthfulness as well as the feeling of responsibility for others. Jean went to school and was a mere 17 when finally the war was over. “For celebrating the end of the war we had a lunch at our house, my mother, Albert Einstein and myself. From that, I remember that Einstein said: Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Jean Choplin

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