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III.2 Warren De La Rue
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The Channel Islander, Warren De La Rue (1815-1889) was the ‘Foremost Celestial Photographer’ of his adopted country, England; who did his finest work in the years before the likes of Henry Draper, Isaac Roberts, Andrew Ainslie Common and Edward Emerson Barnard made their own great contributions. In 1857 he produced the design for the Kew Photoheliograph, the first telescope specifically built to photograph the Sun. In 1860 it was taken by De La Rue, to Northern Spain to successfully photograph the Solar Corona during the total eclipse which took place on the 18th of July that year.

 

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Number of Pages: 30
Number of Snippet Panels: 17
Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 33
Number of Notes/References: 46

 

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The Author would also like to thank: Dr. Marcel Safier, the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service, the British Journal of Photography, DeLaRue PLC, the Ordnance Survey, Oxford University Observatory, the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the Science Museum, Kensington, London for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook.

 

III.2 Warren De La Rue
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Warren De La Rue, although born in Guernsey, was his day the 'foremost celestial photographer' in his adopted country of England.

Dr. Stefan Hughes began his career as a professional astronomer, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Astronomy from the University of Leicester in 1974 and his PhD four years later on the 'Resonance Orbits of Artificial Satellites due to Lunisolar Perturbations', which was published as a series of papers in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. After graduating he became a Research fellow in Astronomy, followed by a spell as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary College, London. Then came a ten year long career as an IT Consultant. In 'mid life' he spent several years retraining as a Genealogist, Record Agent and Architectural Historian, which he practiced for a number of years before moving to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where for the past ten years he has been imaging the heavens, as well as researching and writing the 'Catchers of the Light' - A History of Astrophotography.

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