Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 990, c. 1890
- Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
- 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
- c 1890
- Local number
- SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09130]
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- No Copyright - United States
- Albumen prints
- Black-and-white photographs
- Physical description
- 3.6 x 3.1
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Record ID
- Usage of Metadata (Object Detail Text)
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