Person record: HUYGENS, Christiaan  (1629-1695)

Basic biographical summary of this person
NameChristiaan HUYGENSChristiaan Huygens in 1671
From a painting by Caspar Netscher (1639-84)
Relevance of this personscientist and scholar; first person to describe a magic lantern and slide 
Main period of activity1650s-90s
NotesHuygens 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 peopleson of HUYGENS, Constantijn  (1596-1687)
brother of HUYGENS, Lodewijk  (1631-1699)
14 April 1629born atDen Haag, Netherlands
8 July 169566died atDen Haag, Netherlands
Slide images showing this person Portret van Huygens -- slide 240 of <em>[Astronomy Sonnenborgh - box 06]</em> (lecture: maker unknown, 37 slides, in/after   1910)
Slide set reference

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

(* = main subject)

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

Willem Wagenaar, The origins of the lantern: the true inventor of the magic lantern -- Kircher, Walgenstein or Huygens? in NMLJ 1.3 (March 1980), pp. 10-12

Lucerna ID no. 6002385

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 23 April 2014