William Henry Fox Talbot was born on 11 February 1800 in Melbury, Dorset. He was the only child of the Talbot family. His father William Davenport Talbot died in 1800 when Henry was less than 6 months old. Her mother was confronted with a property which was in a damaged situation and with her mother Henry lived in a succession of homes. When her mother married with Captain Charles Feilding in 1804, they moved to another house where Henry’s two half sisters Caroline Augusta and Henrietta Horatia Maria were born. Henry’s widespread family connections lead him the admission to science and politics societies. Fox Talbot was his family name, but he preferred Henry F. Talbot as shown in the documents signed by him.
Henry’s first tutor was certainly his mom; with her assistance and ability with foreign languages lead him to become a spectacular student with his language studies. Her mother’s family’s involvement in botanical studies and gardening encouraged Talbot’s participation in
botany. In 1811, he was admitted at Harrow School and went to Trinity College in 1817, after 2 years he became a scholar. He accomplished the Porson University Prize in Greek poetry. He happened to be the twelfth Wrangler and achieved the s...
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