Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex (c.1485-1540), English statesman. Cromwell was born to a humble family in Putney (now in London). After a basic education he went abroad and fought as a mercenary. Returning to London he became a merchant and later stood in Parliament. He found favour with King Henry VIII and was eventually appointed chief minister. He was the architect of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and marriage to Anne Boleyn and was one of the strongest advocates of a break with Catholicism. However, his subsequent arrangement of marriage between the King and Anne of Cleves attracted Henry's displeasure and Cromwell was summarily executed for heresy and treason. This engraving first was published in Heroologia Anglica by...
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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