Henry Fox Talbot

1800 - 1877

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William Henry Fox Talbot FRS FRSE FRAS (; 11 February 1800 – 17 September 1877) was an English scientist, inventor, and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, precursors to photographic processes of the later 19th and 20th centuries. His work in the 1840s on photomechanical reproduction led to the creation of the photoglyphic engraving process, the precursor to photogravure. He was the holder of a controversial patent that affected the early development of commercial photography in Britain. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Fox Talbot has received more than 732,851 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Henry Fox Talbot is the 59th most popular inventor (up from 60th in 2019), the 393rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 443rd in 2019) and the 11th most popular British Inventor.

Henry Fox Talbot is most famous for his invention of the calotype process, which was a photographic process that could produce an image on paper.

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Among inventors, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 59 out of 426Before him are James Naismith, Emile Berliner, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Louis Renault, John Boyd Dunlop, and Charles Goodyear. After him are Louis Blériot, Adam Opel, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Isaac Singer, Cornelis Drebbel, and John Browning.

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Among people born in 1800, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 7Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, France Prešeren, Emperor Ninkō, Millard Fillmore, and Charles Goodyear. After him are John Edward Gray, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Nat Turner, James Clark Ross, John Brown, and Lars Levi Laestadius. Among people deceased in 1877, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 7Before him are Gustave Courbet, Crazy Horse, Brigham Young, Saigō Takamori, Adolphe Thiers, and Urbain Le Verrier. After him are Gustav, Prince of Vasa, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Sophie of Württemberg, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 393 out of 8,785Before him are Sweyn II of Denmark (1020), Robert Burns (1759), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), Lemmy (1945), Thomas Cromwell (1485), and Oswald Mosley (1896). After him are George Eliot (1819), Ian Holm (1931), Mary Read (1695), Gordon Banks (1937), Edward the Confessor (1003), and Richard Owen (1804).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 11Before him are Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), Frank Whittle (1907), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), and John Boyd Dunlop (1840). After him are Thomas Savery (1650), Henry Bessemer (1813), James Hargreaves (1720), Richard Arkwright (1732), William Webb Ellis (1806), and John Harrison (1693).