Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), English statesman. More was born in London, the son of a lawyer. He was educated at St. Anthony's School and later at the University of Oxford. More studied law and in 1501 became a barrister. In 1516 he published Utopia, a novel in which travellers take an imaginary island country run along the lines of a monastic communalism. He served as a counsellor to King Henry VIII, but fell from grace when he refused to take an oath on the Act of Supremacy 1534. This declared the king supreme head of the Church of England and was the final split with Catholicism and Rome. More was tried for high treason and executed. In 1935 he was canonised and is known as Saint Thomas More to Catholics. This engraving by Houbraken...
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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