Reverend Joseph Bancroft Reade, English chemist and microscopist, c 1860s.
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Photographic studio portrait of Joseph Bancroft Reade (1801-1870). Reade graduated from Cambridge University in 1828 and became rector of Stone Vicarage in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He is best known for discovering a method of separating heat and light rays, and for making improvements in the field of photography. In 1861 he invented 'Reade's Kettledrum', a condenser for the microscope. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society from 1838, and was also one of the ten original founders of the Royal Meteorological Society in 1850. Dimensions: 30mm x 26mm.