Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 990, c. 1890

image for Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 990, c. 1890
Alternate ID: SPI_277
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Cite as
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Image No. SIA2013-09130
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Restrictions & Rights
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No Copyright - United States
c 1890
Local number
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09130]
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description
3.6 x 3.1
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Albumen prints
Black-and-white photographs