Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), English antiquary and collector. Ashmole trained as a lawyer, working in London. During the Civil War (1642-1651) he fled to Oxford and studied alchemy and astrology. On his return to London in 1649 he set up his household as a centre of learning. He later lodged with the collector and gardener John Tradescant and inherited his collection of plants, coins, minerals, and curiosities. In 1677, Ashmole gave his collection to Oxford University, where it was used to found the Ashmolean Museum, England's first public museum. This engraving is from Ashmole's posthumous 'The Antiquities of Berkshire' (1719).
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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