Champagne production, 19th century artwork. Cross-section through a champagne warehouse and its cellars, with workers carrying out the various stages of production. This site is owned by the Moet et Chandon champagne house in France, one of the world's largest producers of champagne. This company was established in 1743, and by around 1880 it employed some 2000 people, selling 2.5 million bottles a year. Engraving from 'Grands Hommes et Grands Faits de l'Industrie' (Great Men and Great Facts of Industry), published in France circa 1880.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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