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Three of the most celebrated and heart-warming love stories in the world of science.

Three of the most celebrated and heart-warming love stories in the world of science. 1

Simran Buttar

Editor at 'The Secrets Of The Universe', I am a science student pursuing a Master's in Physics from India. I love to write about Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, and Atomic Physics.

“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 in 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 the scientific community. Some are emotional, some cute, and some are a bit complicated!

The Cute Love Story of The Curies:

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 ends meet. Unable to continue her studies in Poland, Marie traveled to Paris in 1891 to attend the Sorbonne, where she caught Pierre Curie’s eye, who was director of the laboratories where Marie worked.

Both had a great affinity towards science. Hence, they spent long hours together discussing various projects. They were not only kindred spirits, but rather, their minds also matched each other 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.

Love birds; Marie Curie and Pierre Curie
Portrait of Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Curies enabled one another to achieve greatness.  The warmth of their affection 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. Nothing extravagant, but still beautiful!

Truly, a cute love story to look upto!

The Tragic Love Story of Richard Feynman And Arline:

Though Feynman married thrice in his life, he truly loved only one, and that one was his first love, Arline. Feynman’s love story was full of tears and resembled the movie “Fault In Our Stars.” He falls for Arline in his teenage itself. Arline was Feynman’s high school sweetheart. But then things took an ugly turn, and Arline became ill with tuberculosis, and doctors didn’t expect her to live much longer.

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Richard Feynman and Arline (Image: Brainpickings.org)

After learning about her illness, Feynman ignored his parents’ advice and decided to keep his promise of marrying Arline. But Arline’s disease took away her life, 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 he died in 1988. Richard Feynman’s and Arline’s story of pious endearment is one of the most beautiful, emotional, and tragic ones in the scientific community.

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Feynman’s letter for Arline:

October 17, 1946
D’Arline,
I adore you, sweetheart.

I know how much you like to hear that — but I don’t only write it because you like it — I write it because it makes me warm all over inside to write it to you. It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you — almost two years but I know you’ll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing.

But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and that I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you. I want to love you. I always will love you. I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me.

I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you. I never thought until just now that we can do that. What should we do. We started to learn to make clothes together — or learn Chinese — or getting a movie projector. Can’t I do something now? No. I am alone without you and you were the “idea-woman” and general instigator of all our wild adventures.

When you were sick you worried because you could not give me something that you wanted to and thought I needed. You needn’t have worried. Just as I told you then there was no real need because I loved you in so many ways so much. And now it is clearly even more true — you can give me nothing now yet I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else — but I want you to stand there. You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.

I know you will assure me that I am foolish and that you want me to have full happiness and don’t want to be in my way. I’ll bet you are surprised that I don’t even have a girlfriend (except you, sweetheart) after two years. But you can’t help it, darling, nor can I — I don’t understand it, for I have met many girls and very nice ones and I don’t want to remain alone — but in two or three meetings they all seem ashes. You only are left to me. You are real.

My darling wife, I do adore you.
I love my wife. My wife is dead.
Rich.

PS Please excuse me not mailing this — but I don’t know your new address

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 Complicated Love Life of Stephen Hawking And Jane:

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 their meeting, he received the devastating diagnosis that he had motor neuron disease. However, the couple fell in love, and Jane didn’t leave him even after being 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 decided to leave Jane for his newly found love Mason.

However, that marriage also lasted for just 11 years. Hawking reunited with his former love Jane Wilde and his husband, and the last years of his relationship with them were joyous before his death. Even the 2014 movie, The Theory of Everything, focused on Stephen Hawking’s relationship and his wife, Jane.

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Stephen Hawking and Jane (Image: The Sunday Times)

Stephen Hawking indeed had a complicated love life.

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