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 586,909 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Henry Fox Talbot is the 55th most popular inventor (up from 60th in 2019), the 374th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 404th in 2019) and the 10th 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 55 out of 355Before him are Douglas Engelbart, Karl Drais, John Boyd Dunlop, Steve Wozniak, Emile Berliner, and Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. After him are Adam Opel, Louis Blériot, Hans Lippershey, Frank Whittle, Josephine Cochrane, and Les Paul.

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Among people born in 1800, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 5Before him are Friedrich Wöhler, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Charles Goodyear, and Millard Fillmore. After him are Emperor Ninkō, France Prešeren, James Clark Ross, John Edward Gray, Lars Levi Laestadius, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, 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, Sophie of Württemberg, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, and Gustav, Prince of Vasa.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 374 out of 6,924Before him are Edmund I (921), Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885), Stuart Sutcliffe (1940), William Godwin (1756), Henry Moseley (1887), and Thomas Carlyle (1795). After him are George Eliot (1819), Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887), Ian Gillan (1945), D. H. Lawrence (1885), Princess Margaret of Connaught (1882), and Anne, Princess Royal (1950).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Henry Fox Talbot ranks 10Before him are George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), and John Boyd Dunlop (1840). After him are Frank Whittle (1907), Richard Arkwright (1732), Thomas Savery (1650), Edmund Cartwright (1743), Henry Bessemer (1813), and John Harrison (1693).