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Wilson A. Bentley

[ Wilson A. Bentley photographing snowflakes ]The Snowflake Man

 

"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind." Snow Crystal Image Link to snowflakes page

 

Link to snowflakesWilson "Snowflake" Bentley 1925


Wilson A. BentleyFrom the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase "no two snowflakes are alike". This discovery was made in the small rural town of Jericho, Vermont by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931).

A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

Snowflake collageHe would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike. His snow crystal photomicrographs were acquired by colleges and universities throughout the world and he published many articles for magazines and journals including, Scientific American and National Geographic.

In 1931 his book "Snow Crystals", containing more than 2400 snow crystal images, was published by McGraw-Hill but has long been out of print. A soft cover copy, identical in all respects, can be obtained today from Dover Publications, Inc.. On December 23, 1931, Bentley died at the family farmhouse in Jericho. Because of his wonderful work with snow crystals, he became affectionately known as "Snowflake" Bentley.


For a more in depth biography of Wilson Bently check
Wilson Bentley, the Snowflake Man by Blanchard, Duncan C. (1970). . Weatherwise, 23(6), 260-269.


Ice crystalPlate CrystalThis web site is dedicated to Bentley's life work and the stunning images he left behind. It is supported by sales of the Digital Archives CD-ROM and Bentley related products sold in our Gift Shop. The Jericho Historical Society invites you to learn more about this fascinating man and our work of preserving his legacy.

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