Thomas Wedgwood was born 14 May 1771 in Etruia, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) and Sarah Wedgwood (1734-1815) and died 10 July 1805 Dorset, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes.

He is the first person known to have thought of creating permanent pictures by capturing camera images on material coated with a light-sensitive chemical. His practical experiments yielded only shadow image photograms that were not light-fast, but his conceptual breakthrough and partial success have led some historians to call him "the first photographer".

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