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Henri Becquerel was a 19th century French scientist who made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of radioactivity, for which he won the Nobel Prize.
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Born on December 15, 1852, in Paris, France, to a clan of scientists, Henri Becquerel worked in engineering and academia, making pioneering discoveries in phosphorescence and what would be coined as natural radioactivity. He earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, sharing the award with the Curies. He also became life secretary of the French Academy of Sciences. He died on August 25, 1908.
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