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William de Wiveleslie Abney

1843–1920

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. FRS, 1876. 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.

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ODNB.

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