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Image title: 
Centenary Celebration for Coolidge
Credit line: 
General Electric Research and Development Center, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

Centenary celebration for Dr. William D. Coolidge (center), famed inventor of the ductile tungsten used for filaments in virtually all electric lamps and of the Coolidge X-ray tube which made possible modern medical and industrial X-ray technology. Dr. Coolidge joined the staff of General Electric Research Lab. In 1905, and was director from 1932-1945. Succeeded by Dr. C. Guy Suits (right), director until 1965, and by Dr. Arthur M. Bueche (left) who became General Electric's vice president when Dr. Suits retired. The birthday cake was lighted with 100 ductile-tungsten lamps and topped by the target from an early Coolidge tube encrusted with 100 tiny diamonds surrounding one of GE's large laboratory-made gem diamonds.

Photo date: 
October 23, 1973
Original format: 
1 photographic print (black and white; 7.5 x 6 inches)
Coolidge, William David, 1873-1975
Bueche, Arthur Maynard, 1920-1981
Suits, C. Guy (Chauncey Guy), 1905-1991