Nicephore Niépce

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Birthday
7, 1765
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 5, 1833 (68)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
7, 1765
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 5, 1833 (68)

About

French inventor who developed heliography, a photography technique that produced the world's oldest surviving photograph in 1825. He also invented the world's first internal combustion engine with his brother.

Before Fame

He had a long career in the military and in teaching before trying his hand at lithography.

Trivia

His invention, heliography, worked by coating asphalt on glass or metal, which then hardened in proportion to its exposure to light.

Family Life

His older brother, Claude, helped him with his research.

Associated With

In addition to photography, he was also interested in improving the bicycles that Karl von Drais designed.