Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre Biography

Painter, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist (1787–1851)
Louis Daguerre was a French artist and physicist who gained international acclaim when he invented the process of photography.


In January 1839, Louis Daguerre’s “daguerreotype” (photographic) process was announced at a meeting of the Academy of Sciences by eminent astronomer and physicist François Arago. Daguerre was made an officer of the Legion of Honour, and in 1839 Daguerre and the heir of Niépce (his collaborator) were given annuities of 6,000 francs and 4,000 francs, respectively, for their photographic process.

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