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1840 __ Moon daguerrotypes
John William Draper (1811-1882)
Comment : Dr John William Draper of New York photographs the moon on daguerrotypes. He did important research in photochemistry, made portrait photography possible by his improvements (1839) on Louis Daguerre's process, and published a textbook on Chemistry (1846), textbook on Natural Philosophy (1847), textbook on Physiology (1866), and Scientific Memoirs (1878) on radiant energy. He was also the first person to take an astrophotograph; he took the first photo of the Moon which showed any lunar features in 1840. Then in 1843 he made daguerreotypes which showed new features on the moon in the visible spectrum. In 1850 he was making photo-micrographs and engaged his then teenage son, Henry, into their production. (Compiled from various sources)
French comment : John William Draper fit d'importantes recherches en photochimie, rendit possible la photographie de portrait grâce à ses améliorations (1839) du Daguerréotype, publia un manuel sur la Philosophie Naturelle en 1847, un manuel de Physiologie en 1866, et des mémoires scientifiques sur l'énergie radiante en 1878). Il fut aussi la première personne à prendre une astrophotographie; il prit la première photo de la Lune qui en montrait tous les détails en 1840. En 1843 il fabriqua des daguerréotypes qui montraient de nouveaux détails de la lune dans le spectre visible. En 1850 il fabriqua des microphotographies avec son jeune fils Henry. (Compiled from various sources)
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