|7 January 1839||François Arago (1786-1853) gives a brief announcement of the discovery of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre of the daguerreotype at the Académie des Sciences in Paris. The work of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is not credited in the announcement but this is rectified in the following days by Francis Bauer.|
George Goethe (1896, 16 August - 1977, 7 January) died. Born in Sierra Leone. He worked for the John Holt trading company in Gabon at Douala. He took up photography as a hobby taking photographs of urban scenes, markets, the narbour and inhabitants. He started the first professional photographic studio More...
Heinrich Harrer (1912, 6 July - 2006, 7 January) died - Austria, Friesach. Austrian mountaineer, explorer and author. A talented mountaineer he accompanied a Nazi expedition to the Himalayas in the 1930s but was interned by the British in India when the Second World War broke out in September 1939. He escaped and fled to More...
James McAdam Hyslop (1822, 10 November - 1897, 7 January) died.
Carl Strüwe (1898, 2 December - 1988, 7 January) died - West Germany, Bielefeld. German graphic artist and pioneer of microphotography.