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Remembering Anna Atkins, the first woman to use photography to illustrate scientific studies

first_imgAnna Atkins is one of the pioneering women in history who was inspired by her scientist father. Here are 10 things you should know about Anna Atkins:1. Anna Atkins was born on March 16, 1799. Her original name was Anna Children, who was the first person to use photography to illustrate scientific studies2. Atkins’ mother Hester Anne Children, had died soon after her birth. Her father John George Children was an esteemed scientist. He had served as the secretary of the Royal Society and was also associated with the British Museum3. In her early 20s, Atkins began to make drawings for her father’s translation of the book The Genera of Shells which was published in 1823. She made approximately 200 drawings for this book4. Atkins’ main interest lied in the study of botany. Soon after marrying John Pelly Atkins in 1825 and she took up interest in plant collecting and botany5. In the year 1839, she became a member of Botanical Society of LondonGoogle Doodle has presented this special doodle on Anna Atkins’ 216th birthday anniversary6. Atkins’ husband as well as father were friends with William Henry Fox Talbot, who was the photography pioneer and invented the cyanotype process, now also known as blue-print process. She learned the same photographic process and took her first photograph in the year 18427. Atkins used her utmost knowledge and skills in photography and published a book- British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in 18438. Atkins along with her friend Anne Dixon produced an album named: Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns in the year 1845. She also published many other books including a memoir of her father and some on fashion.advertisement9. The British Museum featured her plant collection in the year 186510. Anna Atkins died in the year 1871 at the age of 72 years.last_img read more