Autograph letter signed, two pages - both sides, 4,5 x 7 inch, `Rue Dumont-D`Urville` stationery, (Paris), 7.07.1908, in French, reply letter to "Monsieur le President" - Henri Becquerel thanks for the kind congratulations of the Committee of the Association of Former Students of `Louis Le Grand`*, written and signed in blue ink "Henri Becquerel", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Henri Becquerel in a chest-up portrait (altogether 11,75 x 8,25 inch), with three horizontal letter folds, and very mild signs of wear - in fine to very fine condition. In parts: "Monsieur le Président Je viens de recevoir votre lettre que transmettant dans des termes que vous avez en rendre si aimables, les sympathiques félicitations du comité de l`association des anciens elevés de Louis Le Grand. ... Le souvenir du vieux Lycete est du resté intimement associé à ma nouvelle fonction, et je n`ai fu d`empocher de rappeler à d`Darboux la reconnaissance de son ancien eléve, au moment où je venais prendre place pres de lui.... Henri Becquerel" Translated: "Mister President, I have just received your letter in which you convey the sympathetic congratulations of the Committee for the Association of Former Students to Louis Le Grand. ... The memory of the old Lycete has remained closely related to my new role, and I have not failed to remind Darboux of the recognition of his former student when I came to take his place near him... Henri Becquerel" * The Lycée Louis-le-Grand is a prestigious secondary school located in Paris. Founded in 1563 by the Jesuits as the Collège de Clermont, it was renamed in King Louis XIV of France's honor after he extended his direct patronage to it in 1682. Former students have included writers Molière, Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire, revolutionaries Maximilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins, as well as seven former presidents of the French Republic and countless other ministers and prime ministers, philosophers such as Voltaire, the Marquis de Sade, Denis Diderot, Emile Durkheim, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Cavaillès and Jacques Derrida, scientists Henri Becquerel, Évariste Galois, Henri Poincaré and Laurent Schwartz, and artists Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas and Georges Méliès. Renowned foreign students of the lycée include King Nicholas I of Montenegro, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Saint Francis de Sales.
|Profession||Physicist, Nobel laureate, and the discoverer of radioactivity|
|Year of birth||1852|
|year of death||1908|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||4,5 x 7 (altogether 11,75 x 8,25)|
|Condition||fine to very fine|
|Type of Autograph||letters|