Ten fun facts about Henri Becquerel


Fact 1
Henri worked alongside Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. All three won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903.

Fact 2
He was a a third generation scientist in his family. His son also became a scientist.

Fact 3
He was also the third generation to sit in the physics chair at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle.


Fact 4
Including the Nobel Prize, he also received 4 other medals for his work.

Fact 5
He has a crater on the moo named after him, as well as a crater on Mars. They are both titled Becquerel.

Fact 6
Henri discovered spontaneous radioactivity; famously exampled by serendipity.

Fact 7
He once believed that some uranium salts may emit an x-ray like radiation but his experiments proved otherwise to him.

Fact 8
He also became interested in phosphorescence.

Fact 9
For the Department of Bridges and Highways, he was the chief engineer in 1894.

Fact 10
The unit for radioactivity (Bq) is named after Henri.


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A French physicist and discoverer of radioactivity.

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