- First name(s)
- Position(s) held at King's College London
Lecturer of Photography (1849-1879)
Education & professional details
- School, college and/or university attended
King’s College Aberdeen 1836-1841
- Qualifications Ref: *3
- Position(s) held (non King's College London)
- London Illustrated News
- Editor British Journal of Photography
- Professional activities Ref: *3
- A talk to the North London Photographic Association on the "Waxed-paper Process" (1857)
- Attended a British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Aberdeen University in 1859
- Publications Ref: *3
- “The Waxed-Paper Process”, Journal of the Photographic Society, 4, (21 October 1857 & 21 November 1857)
- with Thomas Sutton BA, A Dictionary of Photography (1858)
- A Manual of Photography Founded on Hardwich's Photographic Chemistry, 8th Ed. (London, J & A Churchill: 1873)
- Date of birth
- 28th February 1821
- Place of birth Ref: *1
- Ordiquhill, Banff, Scotland
- Date of death
- Place of death Ref: *2
- Lewisham, London
- Obituary Ref: *3
- British Journal of Photography Almanac 1898, 1898
- Roger Taylor and Larry J. Schaaf, Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007), 307
- Family details
George Dawson was unmarried.
Notes Ref: *4
- George Dawson's numerous publications on photography remain standard reference works on the period to this day (2007). In 1857 Dawson exhibited considerable personal expertise in the waxed-paper process in a talk given to the North London Photographic Association. He was particularly active in the quest for a method of preventing the fading of photographic prints.
- The waxed paper process, was invented in 1851 by Gustave Le Gray (1820-1882) and extended the life of paper negatives in the 1870s.
- George Dawson was the first Professor of Photography at King's College London. Thomas Sutton BA was a colleague of Dawson and a Lecturer of Photography at King's College London 1860-1861.
- George Dawson lived at 44 Nelson St. Bath in 22nd October 1861 when he wrote to King's College London to inform the Secretary that he had been a member of the Church of England for 18 years. Later in 1891 at the age of 70 he lived at Charterhouse, London.
- 1871 Census RG10 11C page 13
- England and Wales Deaths Index 1897 1d 762
- http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/imu/imu.php? request=browse& irn=527
- Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf, Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007); Museum of the History of Science Oxford University; KA/IC/D27; 1891 Census RG12 221/136 page 4.