Monday, March 16, 2015

Google Doodle celebrated botanist Anna Atkins’ 216th birthday

A new Google Doodle is celebrating the 216th birthday of English botanist Anna Atkins with leaves images, who was the first lady to contribute in the photography. 

Anna published her first book with photographs named Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in 1843. She published the book with photographic images of plants and botanical studies and also the concept “sun-printing”

Anna used iron based chemical method to create the white images on blue background. She also used the Sun lighting in the process for effective work. Her technique to develop the images called “Cyanotype”

Anna was born in Kent, southern England, on March 16, 1799; during her entire career she collected hundred of specimens. Later she donated her entire collection to the British Museum in 1865. 

Atkins died on June 9, 1871, at the age of 72. Anna’s collection and techniques to create photography are still with us. 

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