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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 650,268 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. Henry Fox Talbot is the 60th most popular inventor (down from 55th in 2019), the 443rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 374th 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 60 out of 354Before him are Frank Whittle, Isaac Singer, Adam Opel, John Deere, Louis Blériot, and Douglas Engelbart. After him are Louis Renault, John Browning, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Jimmy Wales, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and Josephine Cochrane.

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Among people born in 1800, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 6Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Emperor Ninkō, Charles Goodyear, and Millard Fillmore. After him are France Prešeren, James Clark Ross, John Edward Gray, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, and Ludwig Ritter von Köchel. Among people deceased in 1877, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 7Before him are Gustave Courbet, Brigham Young, Adolphe Thiers, Saigō Takamori, Urbain Le Verrier, and Crazy Horse. After him are Maria Anna of Bavaria, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, Gustav, Prince of Vasa, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Hermann Grassmann, and Sophie of Württemberg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 443 out of 7,765Before him are Hugh Grant (1960), Gary Moore (1952), Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Joseph Merrick (1862), Percy Fawcett (1867), and Christopher Nolan (1970). After him are David Attenborough (1926), James I of Scotland (1394), Robert II of Scotland (1316), Kate Winslet (1975), Thomas Harriot (1560), and Charles Dance (1946).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 11Before him are John Logie Baird (1888), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), and Frank Whittle (1907). After him are Thomas Savery (1650), Richard Arkwright (1732), James Hargreaves (1720), Henry Bessemer (1813), John Harrison (1693), and Edmund Cartwright (1743).