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Historical Essay

Lapham, Increase, 1811-1875

Wisconsin's First Scientist

Read about Wisconsin's first scientist. Learn about his achievements; including his scientific writings, and his work as an engineer and land surveyor.

Date: 1867 

Description: Vignetted carte-de-visite portrait of Kate N. Doggett (1828-1884), American reformer. Took charge of the Academy of Science herbarium in 1869. She was a de...

Date: 1864 

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of Josiah Hoopes (b. 1832, death date unknown), American botanist. In 1853, he established a tree nursery in West Chester, which i...

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Description: Quarter-length carte-de-visite of Alexander Winchell (1824-1891), State Geologist of Michigan and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at the University o...

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Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of Charles Christopher Frost (1806-1880), Vermont botanist. Focused in area of mycology (fungi), especially Eastern North American...

Date: 1864 

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of Joshua Hoopes (1788-1874), American Botanist. An infant at the time of the Wyoming Indian massacre, his mother strapped him on...

Date: 1869 ca.

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait photograph of Hubert Anson Newton (1830-1896), American astronomer and mathematician. He was best known for his research on meteor...


Ezra Carr

Date: 1860 before

Description: Ezra S. Carr (1819-1894), one of the first members of the University of Wisconsin faculty as well as a member of the board of regents.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of John Tyndall (1820-1893), Irish natural philosopher. Tyndall was one of the leading figures in Victorian science and a member o...


Increase Lapham

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Description: Head and shoulders portrait of Increase A. Lapham.


Dr. Johan Bjorsten

Date: 1955-04-21 

Description: Portrait of Dr. Johan Bjorsten, President-Treasurer of Bjorksten Research Laboratories for Industry Inc. The headline for the article on the front page of...

Date: 1869 

Description: Vignetted carte-de-visite portrait of Thomas Meehan (1826-1902), American botanist. Meehan emigrated from England to Philadelphia in 1848. Served as editor...

Date: 1866 ca.

Description: Reproduction of a carte-de-visite portrait of Johnathan Lang Cassells (1808-1866), Scottish-born chemist. Worked as a physician and a Professor of chemistr...


Description: Harold Gauer as a mad scientist. Photograph stems from Gauer's work with an insurance agency and his part time testing of urine for policy purposes and lif...

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Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of Franz Brandecke, Milwaukee-based geologist. Worked on Wisconsin geological survey with Lapham. Handwritten text on front read...

Date: 1931-10-30 

Description: A food scientists looks through a microscope at Oscar Mayer.

Date: 1865 

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of James Dwight Dana (1813-1895), American minerologist, geologist, and zoologist. He is best known for his discoveries of mountai...

Date: 1948-06-19 

Description: Max Mason, left, UW Class of 1898, Chairman of the council of Palomar Observatory in California, shown being welcomed by UW President E.B. Fred at the Univ...

Date: 1863 

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of John Gould Anthony (1804-1877), head of the Conchology department at the Museum of Comparative Zoology from 1863 until his deat...

Date: 1872 

Description: Carte-de-visite portrait of Professor W.W. Daniels, University of Wisconsin geologist. Daniels worked as one of Increase Lapham's assistants during the Wis...

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