Warren De La Rue

'Nature's laws must be obeyed, and the period of decline begins, and goes on with accelerated rapidity.'

January 18, 1815
April 19, 1889
Birth Place
Bailiwick of Guernsey, Channel Islands, Afghanistan
Current Place
London, England, Afghanistan


His chief title to fame, however, is his pioneering work in the application of the art of photography to astronomical research. In 1851 his attention was drawn to a daguerreotype of the moon by G. P. Bond, shown at the great exhibition of that year. Excited to emulation and employing the more rapid wet-collodion process, he succeeded before long in obtaining exquisitely defined lunar pictures, which remained unsurpassed until the appearance of the Lewis Morris Rutherfurd photographs in 1865.

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