Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was born 14 October 1801 in Brussels. Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was a Belgian physicist, mathematician and an artist who specialised in painting flower.

At the age of fourteen, Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau lost his father and mother.

Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau research looked into the effect of colours on the retina, and how moving images get distorted and their reconstruction using revolving discs

In 1832, he invented the phenakistoscope, made of two discs and viewing slits which was the first device that gave the illusion of a moving image.

Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau Academic career

Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau studied at the University of Liège, where he graduated as a doctor of physical and mathematical sciences in 1829.

In 1827, Plateau became a teacher of mathematics at the “Atheneum” school in Brussels. In 1835,Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was appointed Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Ghent University.

On 14 October 2019, the search engine Google celebrated Plateau 218th birth anniversary with a special Doodle.

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