Henri Becquerel's discovery of radioactivity – 125 years later

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Abstract

This year it is 125 years since Henri Becquerel accidentally discovered radioactivity. It has been argued that this was the result after Becquerel's long, systematic research into the phenomenon of luminescence. Becquerel's discovery, together with Marie and Pierre Curie's discovery of radium, became the breakthrough for the 20th century research in medical radiation physics and the use of radioactivity in medicine. In this paper, we draw attention to Becquerel's discovery and the impact it had on medicine and society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-146
JournalPhysica Medica
Volume87
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Associazione Italiana di Fisica Medica

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • Other Physics Topics

Keywords

  • 19th century history of Physics
  • Antoine Henri Becquerel
  • Discovery of radioactivity

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