Anna Atkins

English botanist and photographer (1799-1871)

Anna Atkins (16 March 1799-1871) was an English botanist and photographer. Atkins used cyanotypes to illustrate books about algae.

Photograph of Atkins, in 1861
Cyanotype of an algae, from Atkins' book

Atkins was born in Tonbridge, Kent, the daughter of John George Children.