Google has today dedicated a doodle to famous British botanist Anna Atkins to mark her 216th birth anniversary. Atkins is best known for using ‘sunprints’ of plants or algae in her studies, and also paved the way for the use of photography in scientific publishing. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Google has used her photo developing method to design today’s doodle. It features white leaves on a blue background that form the word Google. This effect is created by the aforementioned ‘sunprint’ photography method pioneered by Atkins. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
This method is called Cyanotype technique, which is essentially an iron-based chemical method that creates a white image appearing on a blue background. Exposure to sunlight is required for the process to work correctly and hence it’s called “sunprinting.” Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
Atkins used her sunprinting method to create a book full of photographs of botanical specimens. This book is called Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, and is widely considered as the first scientific publication to feature photographs.
Atkins was born on March 16, 1799 at Kent in the southern part of England. She was raised by her father, who too was a respected scientist. She died at the age of 72, on June 9, 1871.