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Antoine-Henri Becquerel

  • Birth 15 Dec 1852 Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Death 25 Aug 1908 Le Croisic, Departement de la Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
  • Burial Le Croisic, Departement de la Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
  • Plot Famly tomb
  • Memorial ID 95702460

French scientist and engineer. Nobel Prize Physics Winner. Known for being the discoverer of radioactivity. Graduated in Engineering at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he devoted his research to optical physics, and more specifically to the infrared rays. In 1888, Becquerel obtained his Doctorate of research by a thesis on the absorption of light in crystals, and thanks to this he was appointed member of the Académie des Sciences. During his years of teaching at the Ecole Polytechnique he accidentally discovered the phenomenon of radioactivity, which in 1903 earned him the Nobel Prize for Physics along with Pierre and Marie Curie. Becquerel wrote and published several works, including "Recherches sur les variations des Spectres of absorption dans les crystals", "Travaux de physique et de radiographie optique", "Sur le rayonnement de l'uranium sur diverses propriétés physiques et du rayonnement radioactifs des corps". The unit of measurement of the "Système international d'unités" for the radioactivity and a derivative of uranium ore were dedicated to him.

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  • Added: 21 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95702460
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Antoine-Henri Becquerel (15 Dec 1852–25 Aug 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95702460, citing Manoir de Pen Castel at Le Croisin, Le Croisic, Departement de la Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .