The Father of Chinese Camera
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A self-portrait of Zou Boqi, shoot by the use of photography on glass.

Zou Boqi, born in Guangdong in the Qing dynasty, was considered a pioneer of Chinese modern science. Raised in a teacher's family, Zou was bookish and talented. He learnt Western science such as optics and geographic by himself, and finally turn into a master of both Chinese culture and Western techniques.

This encyclopedic scholar invented China's first camera used for development, tracing and mapping in year of 1844. Thereafter, he improved the work by integrating the technology of sensitization and fixation, becoming the first Chinese to succeed in shooting portraits with use of photography on glass.

Zou also invented some precious scientific instrument, for instance, China's earliest apparatus to demonstrate the movement of the sun and the planet.

China's earliest apparatus to demonstrate the movement of the sun and the planet.

In memory of this great scientist and inventor, a theme park was built in Foshan, the hometown of Zou Boqi.

Zou Boqi Memorial Park in Foshan.


Editor: Jecey
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