Infrared symposium to mark centenary of infrared imaging

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The Royal Photographic Society is joining with the Royal Astronomical Society to present a keynote two-day Infrared 100 Symposium on 7-8 October at the headquarters of the RAS in London. This will be under the stewardship of leading thermographer Professor Francis Ring and astronomer Dr Helen Walker.

The symposium is to mark the centenary of the first published infrared photograph. In October 1910 the American scientist, Professor Robert Williams Wood gave a special lecture to the Royal Photographic Society in London on his work on 'Photography by Invisible Rays' and a paper was published in the RPS Photographic Journal.

Thermography company Flir is sponsoring the first day of the event. Among the speakers will be Professor Paul Feldman from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Professor Feldman is one of the senior experimental astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins and he will cover aspects of his own work as well as Wood's legacy.

'Flir is proud to sponsor the first day of the Infrared 100 Symposium,' commented the company's Sharon Cornwell. 'Thermography continues to prove its value in important areas of lives and we look forward to celebrating its origins.'

The RPS will also be holding an exhibition of a hundred years of infrared imaging, from photographic to thermal, at its Bath headquarters during October 2010.

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