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Collections

Over the years, the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives has received numerous photo donations from both individual physicists and scientific organizations. We have also actively acquired other collections, such as our Gallery of Member Society Presidents, from many different sources.

Here is a sampling of these collections — please feel free to explore.

W.F. Meggers Gallery of Nobel Laureates

William F. Meggers
William F. Meggers, ca. 1950
In 1958, William F. Meggers gave the American Institute of Physics (AIP) his collection of photographs of 33 Nobel Laureates in spectroscopy and related fields, many of them signed. The Institute subsequently undertook the task of augmenting the collection to include photographs of all winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, as well as physicists, who had received a Nobel Prize in other areas (for example, Chemistry or Peace). The Gallery, dedicated to the memory of William F. Meggers, is now displayed on the walls of the hallways outside the Niels Bohr Library and here on our site.

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Gallery of Member Society Presidents

Timothy Killeen
Timothy L. Killeen, November 2003
The American Institute of Physics has ten Member Societies and each year ESVA collects the portraits of new Member Society Presidents. Framed photos of the most three recent Presidents are displayed in AIPís hallways and all images are available online.

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Department of Physics, University of llinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Bardeen
L to R: John Bardeen, Leon Cooper,
John Schrieffer; May 1974
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has had a top-notch physics department since the 1920s. Recently they donated an outstanding collection of approximately 1,500 photos which show the many distinguished physicists who have taught, studied, or visited there.

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Segrè Collection

Emilio Segre
Emilio Segrè, the physicist as a photographer.
ESVA's namesake, Emilio Segrè, was a noted physicist, historian of physics, and amateur photographer. Over 300 of his photos, including many photos of other important physicists from the 1920's to the 1980ís, which he took himself or collected for his books, are now available online.

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Goudsmit Collection

George Uhlenbeck
L to R: George Uhlenbeck, Hendrik Kramers,
Samuel Goudsmit in Ann Arbor, MI. ca. 1928
Samuel Goudsmit donated more than 150 images to ESVA along with the larger donation of his papers to the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. These include photos he took of physicists, other individuals, and scenery.

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