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On this date in history… January 9, 1839

The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process.

The daguerréotype was the first commercially successful photographic process. The image is a direct positive made in the camera on a silvered copper plate.

L'Atelier de l'artiste - an 1837 daguerreotype by Daguerre - the first to complete the full process

Boulevard du Temple Paris Spring 1838 by Daguerre - the first photograph of a person ever made

The solar eclipse of July 28, 1851. This is the first correctly exposed photograph of a solar eclipse using the daguerreotype process.

1840-1841 - Camerae obscurae and plates for Daguerreotype produced by Charles Chevalier- Musée des Arts et Métiers

(The color image above is attributed to Wiki author Edal Anton Lefterov)

Additional information on the daguerreotype process is available at



The Académie des Sciences was founded in 1666 by Louis XIV, and was at the forefront of scientific developments in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is one of the earliest academies of sciences.

Colbert Presenting the Members of the Royal Academy of Sciences to Louis XIV in 1667

The Institut de France in Paris where the Academy is housed today.

(Image of  the Institut de France in Paris is attributed to Wiki author Benh Lieu Song)

Napoleon Bonaparte was President of the Academy from 1801–1814.  More information about the academy may be be found at-


The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries by Jacques-Louis David 1812

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