Shakespeare Signature Revealed by 50 Megapixel Multispectral Cam

April 9, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Researchers have unearthed one more (suspected?) signatures of William Shakespeare, thanks to the 50 megapixel sensor of the multispectral imaging system used in the pursuit.

Gregory Heyworth, an English professor at the University of Mississippi and his students, Mitchell Hobbs, Kristen Vise and Andrew Henning has recently zeroed in on the signature of the legendary writer on a 16th century legal text known as Archaionomia at the  Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

Experts have already given weight to the discovery saying that the faint signature on the book that contains Saxon law surveys from 16th century England can be a real one.

The researchers have used a 50 megapixel cam made by Megavision with a Kodak large format sensor fixed in view camera body for the project.

The bespoke lens and lights used for the purpose enabled capturing UV and IR rays from the subject of the image which helps in the spectral analysis of the image later.

However, possibilities of it being a forgery are also not completely overruled. Many suspect it as one of the forged signatures made by the 18th century forger William Henry Ireland.

A comparative study through multispectral imaging followed by spectral analysis between known original signatures and fake ones will reveal the truth, since different inks will offer different data in spectral analysis.

If the signatures are proved to be real ones, it will give valuable insights in to the famous writer regarding his expertise in law and his involvement in English legal system of the time.

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