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Last NameAbney    
Given NameWilliam de Wiveleslie     
alt. NamesW. d. W. A. ; W. A. d. W. ;     
Year born1843 in Derby    
Year died1920    
Place of deathFolkestone    
Father's occupationvicar of St Alkmund's Derby, Edward Abney (1811–1892), owner of the Firs Estate    
RelativesCharles Edward Abney (1850-1914) (brother)    
EducationRossall School, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; then joined the Royal Engineers in 1861, with whom he served in India for several years;     
Country of ActivityUnited Kingdom    
Worked forW. A.de W.: Instruction in Photography (London 1900) ; A New Developer, Photographic News (1880, 24: 345) ;     
PatronageChatham School of Milit.Engineering (chemic assistant, later prof.); Photographic Society of GB (Progress Medal, pres.); Royal Society London (fellow)    
CollaboratorsCharles Edward A. (brother) ;    
Techniquesinvestigated blackening of a negative to incidental light, developed a dry photographic emulsion, introduced hydroquinone in 1880 & new photogr. paper    
Sample(s)http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/abney1876/0002 ;    
Archival sourceswww.luminous-lint.com/app/vexhibit/_PHOTOGRAPHER_William_de_Wiveleslie_Abney_01/6/20/23157464378402397525/ ;    
Published sourcesDSB 1 1970: 21f. ; K. Hentschel: Mapping the Spectrum (2002) ;     
otherW. d.W. A. was founding member of the Derby Photographic Society in June 1884, became assistant secretary to the Board of Education in 1899 & advisor to that body in 1903.    

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