Wanderlust and Wormholes: Oh the Places Physicists Go!

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Photos of the Month - April 2018

Guest curated this month by Corinne Mona, Library Assistant

The universal nature of the sciences lends itself well to sustaining a large international community.  Naturally, physicists tend to travel frequently for work and pleasure, as evidenced by astronomer John Irwin’s vast travel photograph collection.  This April we’ll take a look at physicists involved with various forms of travel from airplane to canoe to skis!  You’ll see physicist and pilot Olexa Myron Bilaniuk astride his flying steed, astrophysicist Cecilia Gaposchkin crossing the Atlantic ocean, nuclear physicist William Fowler looking like he was born to be a Swedish train conductor, and other physicists voyaging across our world. 

Interested in learning more?  This Photos of the Month is a product of the current exhibit titled “Oh the Places Physicists Go!” at the Niels Bohr Library and Archives, which includes more photos, books, and archival paraphernalia of physicists traveling and enjoying themselves all over the world.  Come visit the exhibit in person and/or check out these select items from the exhibit:

From the Archives:

Books at NBL:

It’s like they say: join physics, see the world! 

Danish physicist Niels Bohr skiing with his grandson in Norway.

Credit line: Niels Bohr Archive, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

William A. Fowler waves from a train on a railway in Mariefred, Sweden after visiting Stockholm for presentation of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Edwin Krupp at Zoser's Step Pyramid in Saqqara, Egypt, taken by his wife, Robin Rector Krupp in 1978.

Credit line: Robin Rector Krupp, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

William Meggers standing at the train station in London-Southhampton in 1938.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, W. F. Meggers Collection

Oleksa Myron Bilaniuk in his plane in 1964.  Bilaniuk was a certified single-engine pilot and flight instructor.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

Photo of Cecilia Gaposchkin taken on a ship while traveling from England to the United States.

Credit line: From 'Ring of Truth: Doubt' by PBS, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

Dodge is shown on a hunting trip with his friend, Fred Kent. The two are traveling in a canoe.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Dodge Collection