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William de Wiveleslie Abney


Civil servant and photographic scientist. Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, 1861; captain, 1873. Assistant instructor, telegraphy, School of Military Engineering, 1871; assistant instructor, photography and surveying, 1874. Inspector of science schools, Department of Science and Art, South Kensington, 1877; assistant director for science, 1884; director, 1893. Principal assistant secretary, Board of Education, 1899. Published on photography and colour theory; pioneer in infra-red spectroscopy. FRS 1876.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.