- Henry Draper (1837-1882) was a New York physician who did pioneering work with astronomical photography and spectroscopy. He was particularly proud of having seen bright lines, which saw as evidence of oxygen, in the solar spectrum. This image is marked “DISCOVERY OF OXYGEN IN THE SUN BY PHOTOGRAPHY, BY PROFESSOR HENRY DRAPER, M.D. 1876.”
- Ref: Henry Draper, “Discovery of Oxygen in the Sun by Photography, and a new Theory of the Solar Spectrum,” American Journal of Science 14 (1877): 89-96.
- George F. Barker, “Memoir of Henry Draper,” Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences 3 (1895), pp. 81-139.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- photograph, spectrum
- date made
- Draper, Henry
- Physical Description
- paper (overall material)
- overall: 14 in x 28 in x 1/4 in; 35.56 cm x 71.12 cm x.635 cm
- overall: 71 cm x 14 cm x.8 cm; 27 15/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 5/16 in
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper
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- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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