Sir William de Wiveleslie Abney

(1843—1920) civil servant and photographic scientist

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(1843–1920), influential British photographic scientist whose early interest in photography was encouraged by the army while he was a junior officer in the Royal Engineers. Following service in India, Abney became an instructor in chemistry and photography at the School of Military Engineering, Chatham, a post that allowed him to undertake photographic research and devise a new photolithographic printing process. He left Chatham in 1877 to become a civil servant in the Department of Science and Art, where he soon became a major figure in British photography.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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