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IV.2 William Usherwood
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William Usherwood (1821-1915), a commercial photographer from Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England, took the first ever photograph of a comet when he captured Donati’s comet from nearby Walton Heath, Surrey on the 27th September 1858, beating George Phillips Bond from Harvard Observatory by a night! Unfortunately, the photograph taken by Usherwood has been lost.

 

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Number of Pages: 24

Number of Snippet Panels: 12

Number of Photographs/Illustrations: 27

Number of Notes/References: 44

 
Acknowledgements

 

The author is indebted to the following people without whom the research on William Usherwood could not have been done:

 

Jay M. Pasachoff, Roberta J. M. Olson and the late Martha L. Hazen for their pioneering work on discovering the true circumstances regarding William Usherwood and George Bond’s attempts to photograph Donati’s Comet;

 

Peter Franklin (2x Great Grandson) and his mother Patricia Franklin (Great Grand Daughter), descendents of William Usherwood; for providing me with a great deal information, photographs and documents relating to his life and work. Unfortunately they were not able to provide me with a copy of William Usherwood’s photograph of Donati’s comet, or even the original. If anybody knows about the whereabouts of these images, then they will have in their possession one of the most historically important photographs ever taken;

 

Thanks also to: Ancestry.com, FrancisFrith.com, the Harvard College Observatory, the London Metropolitan Archives, MAPCO, the Ordnance Survey, for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook.

 

IV.2 William Usherwood
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William Usherwood, was a miniature artist and 'wedding & baby' photographer who much to the annoyance of the astronomical community, became the first person to successfully image a Comet.

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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