PHYSICIST

Henri Becquerel

1852 - 1908

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Antoine Henri Becquerel (; French pronunciation: [ɑ̃twan ɑ̃ʁi bɛkʁɛl]; 15 December 1852 – 25 August 1908) was a French engineer, physicist, Nobel laureate, and the first person to discover radioactivity. For work in this field he, along with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henri Becquerel has received more than 1,064,413 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Henri Becquerel is the 18th most popular physicist (up from 20th in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from France (up from 64th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Physicist.

Henri Becquerel is most famous for discovering the phenomenon of radioactivity.

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Among PHYSICISTS

Among physicists, Henri Becquerel ranks 18 out of 851Before him are Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, Robert Hooke, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Werner Heisenberg, and Evangelista Torricelli. After him are Enrico Fermi, André-Marie Ampère, Erwin Schrödinger, Georg Ohm, Christiaan Huygens, and Charles-Augustin de Coulomb.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1852, Henri Becquerel ranks 2Before him is Antoni Gaudí. After him are Emperor Meiji, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Gojong of Korea, William Ramsay, Emil Fischer, Albert A. Michelson, Henri Moissan, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Joseph Joffre, and Francisco Tárrega. Among people deceased in 1908, Henri Becquerel ranks 1After him are Empress Dowager Cixi, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Guangxu Emperor, Grover Cleveland, Edmondo De Amicis, Randal Cremer, Carlos I of Portugal, Pablo de Sarasate, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Demetrius Vikelas, and Joseph Maria Olbrich.

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In France

Among people born in France, Henri Becquerel ranks 52 out of 6,770Before him are Philip IV of France (1268), Édouard Manet (1832), Marcel Proust (1871), Coco Chanel (1883), Auguste Rodin (1840), and Madame de Pompadour (1721). After him are Georges Bizet (1838), André-Marie Ampère (1775), Romain Rolland (1866), Gustave Eiffel (1832), Cardinal Richelieu (1585), and Charles Perrault (1628).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Henri Becquerel ranks 2Before him are Pierre Curie (1859). After him are André-Marie Ampère (1775), Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736), Henry Cavendish (1731), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Léon Foucault (1819), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Louis de Broglie (1892), Hans Bethe (1906), Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), and François Arago (1786).