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Joseph Plateau Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : October 14, 2019

Short Biography

Joseph Plateau was born on 14-10-1801 in Brussels, Belgium. He was a Belgian Physicist, Academician, Scientist & Professor.

Other Name: Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau
Other Professions: Academician Scientist Professor

Joseph Plateau Complete Bio & Career

Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was raised in Brussels, Belgium. He was born to an artist father who was known for planting flowers. He obtained a graduate degree in law and post that went on to become one of the most prolific scientist of the 19th century. To date, he he is remembered for his work on physiological optics, particularly for the study on the effects of light and colour on human retina. His doctoral dissertation explained how images form on the retina, how long they last, their colour and intensity.
On the conclusions that he made through his research, he developed stroboscopic device in 1832 with two discs fitted in opposite directions. One of the discs was filled with small windows spaced evenly in a circle. The other disc had a series of pictures of a dancer. When the two discs moved at the right speed, the images appeared to merge, and created the illusion of a dancer in motion.
He though lost vision in the later part of his life. He though didn’t stop and continued to work as a professor at the famous Ghent University. He was arguably one of the most prominent figure and also explained the mathematical problem of existence of a minimal surface with a given boundary. The formula is named after him as a gesture to his extensive research. On his 218th birth anniversary Google honoured him with a special Doodle.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 15-09-1883 in Ghent, Flemish, Belgium at the age of 81.

DEATHDAY 15 September,1883 (Saturday)
DEATH PLACE Ghent, Flemish

Joseph Plateau Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Auguste Payen the famous architect was his cousin. He was married to Augustine–Thérèse–Aimée–Fanny Clavareau from 1840 until his death in 1883. Together the couple had a son and a daughter named  Alice Plateau.

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Skin Colour White
Eye Colour Blue
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Brussels
Nationality Belgian
Religion Christian
Address Ghent, Brussels, Belgium
School N/A
College University of Liège, Liège
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Experimenting
Marital Status Married
Debut As a Professor in 1827
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Joseph Plateau

  • Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was honoured with a special Doodle on 14-10-2019 on his 218th birth anniversary.
  • He developed the device called phenakistiscope.
  • He became a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1872.
  • Gustave Van der Mensbrugghe was his son-in-law was his collaborator and later his first biographer.

Joseph Plateau Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Joseph Plateau was 81 years 11 months & 1 day old age.