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Anna Atkins’ Google Doodle goes viral

Anna Atkins’ Google Doodle goes viral

Anna Atkins’ Google Doodle goes viral

Anna Atkins’s name may not be very familiar to people who don’t have much to do with either photography or science. But thanks to Google Doodle, she is the most talked about person across the world at the moment.

There is no denying the fact that Google Doodle seems to bring back many people to our memory. We must be very clear that Anna Atkins wouldn’t have been going viral on social media and on search engines across the world without Google Doodle.

Many birthdays of Anna Atkins passed without anyone actually taking any notice. A renowned British botanist who used photography in a big way in scientific publishing made her a legend of sorts in the science world.

anna atkinsResearchers claim that she is the one who actually used cyanotypes – or ‘sunprints’ – of plants and algae in botanical studies that paved the way for the use of photography in scientific publishing.

It is simply amazing to see great looking photographic images being used as Google doodle to celebrate the 216th anniversary of her birth, in 1799. Experts believe that the word ‘blueprint’ comes from the same process, which had previously been used to reproduce architectural drawings and designs.

Researchers are of the view that Atkins’ claim to fame is basically due to her realisation that the photographic process could be used to give accurate and detailed botanical images, thus advancing the possibility of scientific illustration. Atkins ensured that by placing leaves directly on the paper for the length of the exposure, which makes these, strictly speaking, photograms, rather than photographs.

Ann Atkins was born in Tonbridge in Kent. Her use of cyanotypes in botanical books was a first for scientific publishing, and for photography Ann Atkins’ use of cyanotypes in botanical books was a first for scientific publishing, and for photography

Nonetheless it will be very amazing for most readers to know that Atkins’ first book using the technique didn’t show leaves such as those we see in today’s Google Doodle. On the other hand this was Photographs of British Algae, in 1843, a privately published collection with handwritten captions to the individually produced cyanotypes. The actually work came out much later in the year 1884.

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