Henry Fox Talbot

1800 - 1877

Henry Fox Talbot

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 472,079 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 60th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 60 out of 323Before him are Charles Goodyear, James Naismith, Elon Musk, Josephine Cochrane, Les Paul, and George Eastman. After him are Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Louis Renault, John Browning, Henry Bessemer, Jimmy Wales, and Frank Whittle.

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Among people born in 1800, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 8Before him are Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Millard Fillmore, Emperor Ninkō, France Prešeren, Charles Goodyear, and John Edward Gray. After him are James Clark Ross, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Lars Levi Laestadius, Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, and John Brown. Among people deceased in 1877, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 7Before him are Gustave Courbet, Brigham Young, Adolphe Thiers, Saigō Takamori, Crazy Horse, and Urbain Le Verrier. After him are Maria Anna of Bavaria, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Gustav, Prince of Vasa, and Sophie of Württemberg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 404 out of 5,347Before him are David Niven (1910), Ian Gillan (1945), David Beckham (1975), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), John Edward Gray (1800), and Vivienne Westwood (1941). After him are Edward the Confessor (1003), Thomas Harriot (1560), Robert Fripp (1946), Colin Firth (1960), Edward the Martyr (962), and Thomas Gainsborough (1727).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 10Before him are George Stephenson (1781), John Logie Baird (1888), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Herschel (1792), and John Boyd Dunlop (1840). After him are Henry Bessemer (1813), Frank Whittle (1907), Thomas Savery (1650), John Harrison (1693), Richard Arkwright (1732), and William Webb Ellis (1806).