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Adolf Friedrich Paneth. Eva at Mount Spinale, c 1920-1930.

Adolf Friedrich Paneth. Heinz and Eva on the hillside, c. 1920-1930.

Adolf Friedrich Paneth. Elsa, Eva and Heinz sitting on a wall, 1924.

Adolf Friedrich Paneth. The family at the lake, c 1920-1930.

Friedrich Paneth (1887-1958) British chemist born in Austria, he studied at the University of Vienna. Even as a young man cultivated his interest in photography. In 1908 he began making autochromes and continued this process for almost 20 years. Of Jewish descent, his career in Germany was abruptly ended when the Nazis came to power. Paneth moved to Britain in 1933 and acquired British citizenship in 1939. He subsequently worked at Imperial College, London and Durham University. In 1953 he returned to Germany as Director of the Max Planck Institute in Mainz. In 1978, his daughter, Eva, donated 2,000 of her father’s photographs, including many Autochromes, to the Royal Photographic Society.