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Antoine Becquerel was a recipient of Nobel Prize for discovering radioactivity. Being born in a family of scientists, he showed natural interest in science from his early years, and received higher education in Physics. He started his career as a professor at a polytechnique institute. His achievements include, apart from sharing the Nobel Prize, a number of publications on phosphorescence.

Early Years

Antoine Henri Becquerel was born in Paris on December 15, 1852. He had his early schooling at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. He was a member of a scientific family extending through several generations, the most notable being his grandfather Antoine-César Becquerel (1788-1878), his father, Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel (1820-91), and his son Jean Becquerel (1878-1953). His father, Alexander Edmond Becquerel, was a Professor of Applied Physics and had done research on solar radiation and on phosphorescence, while his grandfather, Antoine César, had been a Fellow of the Royal Society and the inventor of an electrolytic method for extracting metals from their ores.

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