Google doodle celebrates Anna Atkins’ 216th birthday

Google doodle celebrates Anna Atkins’ 216th birthday

Google today celebrates the 216th birthday of British botanist Anna Atkins with a beautiful blue doodle. The botanist is widely known for her use of cyanotypes – or ‘sunprints’ – of plants and algae in botanical studies which paved the way for the use of photography in scientific publishing. The doodle as seen in the picture is a version of her photographic images and it reflects her famous cyanotype process. The delicate leaves used to spell out the name of the search engine are slate blue against a darker blue background. This effect is due to the cyanotype process, which involves the exposure of a mix of ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide to ultraviolet light, leaving the paper so-called Prussian blue.

Born in Tunbridge, Kent, England in 1799, she had a keen interest in botany. Later she discovered photography as a means to document botanical specimens for a scientific reference book, entitled ‘British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions’. This book subsequently became considered to be the first book to demonstrate light-senstive materials in a publication. She died on 9 June 1871 in Halstead, UK.



Source : PTI

Related Post

Top 5 Unique Gadgets Launched This Week: Pictures
views 175
The 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was dominated by fitness and wearable gadgets from small startups, some of which raised money ...
Panasonic reveals ‘invisible’ TV: Screen turns transparent when...
views 181
At first glance, it looks like a glass pane in a sliding door, but with a push of a button or wave of a hand a television screen instantly appears. P...
iOS 9.3: Your iPhone is getting a major update today
views 41
Apple may have just announced a new iPhone and updated iPad but if you're not ready for an upgrade something new is still coming your way. The US tech...
IBM launches new email service Verse
views 68
WASHINGTON: International Business Machine Corp has launched a new e-mail application for businesses that integrates social media, file sharing and an...
Apple’s iPhone 7 may have Samsung deep inside
views 536
Rumours about Apple’s next edition of the iPhone are already spreading and Samsung is said to be deeply engrained in it. According to the latest ne...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK