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Henri Becquerel

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel

Profession: Physicist and Nobel Laureate

Nationality:
France
French

Why Famous: The first person to discover evidence of radioactivity.

Along with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, Becquerel received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The SI unit for radioactivity, the becquerel (Bq), is named after him.

The SI unit for radioactivity, the becquerel (Bq), is named after him as are craters called Becquerel on the Moon and on Mars.

Born: December 15, 1852
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: August 25, 1908 (aged 55)

Events in the Life of Henri Becquerel

  • 1896-03-01 Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity