Search-engine giant Google, to commemorate the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, an English botanist and photographer, has designed a new Google Doodle, featuring different varieties of leaves, for her revolutionary contribution on photography. According to some source claim that she was the first woman to create a photograph.
Anna Atkins was born in Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom in 1799. She lost her mother, during her birth and her father raised her. In 1825 she married John Pelly Atkins, a London West India merchant. And atlast, she died at Halstead Place in 1871 of "paralysis, rheumatism, and exhaustion" at the age of 72
Coming to the Atkins works, she used "sun-printing" to design a book of photographed botanical specimens. The book which is called "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions" was self-published in the year 1843 and is the first book depicted with photographs.
Anna developed these photos, by a process called Cyanotype technique. This process involves an iron-based chemical method that creates a white image appearing on a blue background. Moreover, after all these, sun light exposure is important to get the picture correct. She donated all her collected specimen, in 1865 to the British museum.