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Person: HUYGENS, Christiaan  (1629-1695)

Biographical summary of this person
Christiaan Huygens in 1671

From a painting by Caspar Netscher (1639-84)

Name
Christiaan HUYGENS
Gender
male
Relevance of this person
scientist and scholar; first person to describe a magic lantern and slide
Main period of activity
1650s-90s
Notes
Huygens is generally accepted as the author of the first known reference to lantern-based projection, in notes made in 1659. Whether this qualifies him as the 'inventor' of the lantern remains open to debate, and his own acknowledgement of the instrument appears to have been somewhat ambiguous.
Relationships to other people

son of HUYGENS, Constantijn  (1596-1687)

brother of HUYGENS, Lodewijk  (1631-1699)

Chronology
Date
Age
Event/activity
14 April 1629
born at
8 July 1695
66
died at
Slide images showing this person
slide image -- Portret van Huygens
Slide set reference

image appears in: [Astronomy Sonnenborgh - box 06] (lecture: maker unknown, 37 slides, in/after 1910-)

References
David Robinson, Stephen Herbert and Richard Crangle (editors), Encyclopaedia of the magic lantern (London: Magic Lantern Society, 2001), p. 142
Willem Tebra, Book review: Magie lumineuse in NMLJ 2.2 (January 1982), p. 12
Tony Dugdale, Editorial in NMLJ 2.1 (January 1981), p. 1
Willem Tebra, The magic lantern of Giovanni da Fontana in NMLJ 2.2 (January 1982), p. 11
Lucerna ID  6002385

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 23 April 2014

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