Vogel, Hermann Wilhelm
- Geoffrey Belknap
(b Dobrilugk [now Doberlug-Kirchhain], Brandenburg, March 26, 1834; d Berlin, Dec 17, 1898).
German photographer and chemist. Vogel was one of the most important German photographic scientists of the 19th century, which can be witnessed in his experimental research, publications, and teaching. Educated at school in Frankfurt an der Oder and the Royal Industrial School at Berlin, Vogel had training in chemical, mechanical, and geological sciences. This training came to bear on his appointment as a scientific assistant at the Mineralogische Museum of Berlin in 1858. Vogel later moved back to the Royal Industrial School where he established the school’s first photographic laboratory. From there, in the early 1870s, he produced his most important chemical investigation, which demonstrated how photographic plates could be made sensitive to colour. While the development of commercial colour photography was still many years away, Vogel’s experiments were critical in furthering the investigation of colour spectra and optics and in advancing the science of photography more generally. Vogel shared some of this research with the scientific and professional photographic communities in several widely printed books, including ...