Medal belonging to scientist who invented the term photography could sell for £60K

William Herschel gold meal up for auction
(Image credit: Morton & Eden)

The Royal Society King’s Medal in gold awarded to the British scientist Sir John Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS (1792-1871), is estimated to sell for more than £60,000 today when it is included in the sale of Orders, Medals and Decorations at Morton & Eden in London.

William Herschel was not only a highly regarded astronomer, who discovered the planet Uranus. A study he referred to as “star gazing" before anyone else, but he can be credited with significant discoveries in the science of photography. As an experimental photographer who invented the blueprint, it's thought that he introduced the terms photography, positive and negative to the English language, and he collaborated with the pioneering photographer Henry Fox Talbot.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.