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October 27, 2007

PETR EBEN, 78 Czech composer

Czech composer Petr Eben, whose wide variety of music has been performed around the globe, died Wednesday at his home in Prague, Czech Republic. He was battling an unspecified long-term illness.

Mr. Eben showed musical talent at an early age. He was able to play piano at age 6 and organ at 9. A year later, he composed his first musical pieces.

After World War II, during which he was interned by the Nazis in the Buchenwald concentration camp, he studied piano and composition at Prague's Academy of Music.

Throughout his career, he composed some 200 pieces, including works for organ and piano, orchestral and chamber compositions, masses, cantatas and music for children.

EVE CURIE LABOUISSE, 102 Wrote life of famous mother

Eve Curie Labouisse, a journalist who wrote a best-selling biography of her mother, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, died Monday in her Manhattan apartment.

Her book Madame Curie, published in 1937, chronicled the life of Mrs. Labouisse's mother from her birth in Poland and education in France to her discovery - with her husband, Pierre Curie - of the radioactive elements radium and polonium. The book was highly regarded but left out mention of an affair her mother had with a married man after her father's death in 1906. Her mother died in 1934.

Marie Curie was awarded two Nobel Prizes: in physics, which she shared with her husband, in 1903; and in chemistry in 1911. Another daughter, Irene Joliot-Curie, Mrs. Labouisse's only sibling, shared a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1935 with her husband, Frederic Joliot.

The Curies' remarkable record prompted Mrs. Labouisse to remark in later life that "I am the only one of the family not to have won a Nobel Prize."

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