Joseph Plateau 1801 - 1883

born in:
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Plateau graduated as a doctor of physical and mathematical sciences in 1829; in 1827 he became a teacher of mathematics at the 'Atheneum' school in Brussels and then Professor of Experimental Physics in Ghent University. He became the first person to demonstrate the illusion of a moving image when in 1832 he invented the Phenakistoscope.