Fox Talbot


    HAD the photographic art never been invented, Mr. W. H. Fox Talbot, whose death we recently recorded, would have a claim to take a good rank as a scientific investigator. In the popular estimation his work in connection with photography is what alone gives him a claim to remembrance; but we are sure there are many of our readers who must be familiar with writings by him in various departments of science. He was indeed in many respects a wonderful man, and a glance at the Royal Society Catalogue will show that he has left behind him a great amount of varied work. In mathematics, in physics, in chemistry, in astronomy, in botany, in archæology, in literature, Fox Talbot at various periods of his life did substantial work, and in addition filled faithfully and liberally the responsible position of an English country gentleman on his estate of Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire.

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    Fox Talbot . Nature 16, 523–525 (1877).

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