Wilson Bentley

1865 - 1931

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Wilson Alwyn Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931), also known as Snowflake Bentley, was an American meteorologist and photographer, who was the first known person to take detailed photographs of snowflakes and record their features. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated. Kenneth G. Libbrecht notes that the techniques used by Bentley to photograph snowflakes are essentially the same as those used today, and that while the quality of his photographs reflects the technical limitations of the equipment of the era, "he did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost 100 years". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilson Bentley has received more than 290,865 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Wilson Bentley is the 76th most popular photographer (down from 71st in 2019), the 5,400th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,022nd in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Photographer.

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Among photographers, Wilson Bentley ranks 76 out of 105Before him are Helen Levitt, Gertrude Käsebier, Lucien Clergue, Bob Guccione, Alexandre Michon, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. After him are Abbas, Adolfo Farsari, František Drtikol, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, and Alvin Langdon Coburn.

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Among people born in 1865, Wilson Bentley ranks 111Before him are Josef Fischer, Albert Aurier, Arie de Jong, Robert Henri, Uchida Kōsai, and Olavo Bilac. After him are Gustaf Söderström, Guido Castelnuovo, Mahmud Tarzi, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Yevgeni Bauer, and May Whitty. Among people deceased in 1931, Wilson Bentley ranks 89Before him are Emil Warburg, John Isaac Briquet, Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Tommaso Tittoni, Günther Beck von Mannagetta und Lerchenau, and Curt von François. After him are Kálmán Kandó, Marvin Hart, José Figueroa Alcorta, Kinue Hitomi, Ida B. Wells, and Hjalmar Bergman.

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Among people born in United States, Wilson Bentley ranks 5,400 out of 15,968Before him are John Krasinski (1979), Floyd Westerman (1936), Pia Zadora (1953), Moe Tucker (1944), Hubert Dreyfus (1929), and Jack Oakie (1903). After him are Debra Jo Rupp (1951), Aron Ralston (1975), Vinnie Paul (1964), Joan Hackett (1934), Robert Walker (1918), and Virginia Rappe (1895).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Wilson Bentley ranks 22Before him are Imogen Cunningham (1883), Herb Ritts (1952), F. Holland Day (1864), Helen Levitt (1913), Gertrude Käsebier (1852), and Bob Guccione (1930). After him are Garry Winogrand (1928), William Eggleston (1939), Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882), Francesca Woodman (1958), William P. Gottlieb (1917), and Spencer Tunick (1967).