Catherine the Great (1729-1796). Historical portrait of the Empress of Russia Catherine II. Catherine II was the most renowned and longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9th July 1762 after a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III until her death on 17 November 1796. Catherine's rule re-vitalized Russia, which grew larger and stronger than ever and became recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. Published in 'Lives of men of letters and science' by Henry Brougham, in 1846.
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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