Antoine Becquerel: The Discovery of the Uranic Ray - Radiochemistry Series

The Rad Lab by Dr. David Dan

Episode notes
Welcome to the The Rad Lab podcast, where we explore the stories behind some of the world's most fascinating scientific discoveries. In this episode, we'll dive into the life and work of Antoine Henri Becquerel, a French physicist who made a groundbreaking discovery that laid the foundation for the study of radioactivity and radiochemistry.Becquerel was born in 1852 into a family of distinguished scientists. He followed in their footsteps and became a physicist himself, conducting experiments on light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation. But it wasn't until 1896 that he stumbled upon the discovery that would make him famous: the "uranic ray".In this podcast, we'll delve into the circumstances surrounding Becquerel's discovery, including his experiments with uranium salts and photographic plates. We'll explore how he realized that uranium wa ...   ...  Read more