An Rong Xu for The New York Times

John W. Draper
May 5, 1811 – January 4, 1882

Pioneering Photographer and Scientist
On March 16, 1840, Draper took the first clear Daguerreotype photograph of the Moon from the rooftop at his observatory at the NYU School of Medicine. Draper was a founder of the NYU School of Medicine at 100 Washington Square East between Washington and Waverly Places.

Narrated by Mark Ronson
Music: Vangelis / Chet Baker

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