Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley fotografierte insgesamt mehr als 5000 schneekristalle. er stellte die these auf, dass jeder schneekristall unterschiedlich geformt sei (“no two snowflakes are alike”). Wilson Alwyn Bentley war ein us-amerikanischer farmer, fotograf und schneeforscher.
Wilson Alwyn Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931) is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated.
Kenneth G. Libbrecht notes that the techniques used by Bentley to photograph snowflakes are essentially the same as used today, and that whilst the quality of his photographs reflect the technical limitations of the equipment of the era “he did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost 100 years”. The broadest collection of Bentley’s photographs is held by the Jericho Historical Society in his home town, Jericho, Vermont.
Bentley donated his collection of original glass-plate photomicrographs of snow crystals to the Buffalo Museum of Science. A portion of this collection has been digitized and organized into a digital library. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Bentley)
Bentley snowflake micrograph, 1890: