Warren de la Rue(1815-1889), Chemist and astronomer
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Warren de la Rue was a pioneer in astronomical photography, the method by which nearly all modern astronomical observations are made. Educated in Paris, he returned to London and entered his father's stationary business. He devoted his leisure hours to chemical and electrical researches, and between 1836 and 1848 published several papers on these subjects. From 1852 de la Rue began to be interested in the application of photography to astronomy. His stereoscopic pictures (formed by combining two photographs taken in succession) of the sun and the moon, when seen through a stereo viewer, give an illusion of depth, created a sensation at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London. He took some of the very first photographs of the moon; the moon crater ‘De la Rue’ is named after him. De la Rue was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1862.