Champagne production, 19th century artwork. Winemakers working in old chalk quarries converted into cellars for champagne storage and production in Reims, France. Many of these chalk quarries date back to Roman times, when grape vines were first planted in the region. By the 19th century, many of the chalk quarries had been converted into these conical cellars where bottles of this sparkling wine ferment during production. 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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