Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

More than 30,000 photos of scientists and their work

Photos of the Month Archive

Vern Knudsen (interviewer) and Harvey Fletcher (interviewee) laugh while recording an oral history interview at UCLA, May 1964. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
We have about 1,000 oral histories, all of which provide unique insight into physicists’ work and personal lives as told by the scientists themselves. This set of Photos of the Month bring together our visual and oral history collections; they’re images taken during oral history interviews.
Picnic in San Gabriel Mountains
Take some inspiration from this month’s images of some Nobel Prize winners, physics professors, and leaders from the American Institute of Physics and pack a meal, grab a friend, and get outside for a picnic.
Sally Ride
This month, look back at the LGBT+ scientists who made their way through environments that often did not fully support them, and reflect upon our shared history from their points of view.
Dennis Gabor, who won the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics, “for his invention and development of the holographic method” with a holograph portrait of himself.
This month, we’re sharing some images of physicists and optical scientists who developed and worked in the field of holography, which uses interference patterns of beams of light to produce 3D images, known as holograms.
Edwin Krupp at Zoser's Step Pyramid
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. This April we’ll take a look at physicists involved with various forms of travel from airplane to canoe to skis!
Young Karl Darrow sits in a chair reading a book with his mother Helen Kelchner Darrow.
March is National Reading Month here in the United States, when educators and librarians promote literacy around the country through reading. Whether you’re into nonfiction, journals, romance novels, or science fiction, I encourage you to be inspired by this month’s selected historic physicists and pick up a book or article this month that will broaden your literary horizons, entertain you, or challenge you intellectually.
This month, the world’s attention will be focused on PyeongChang, South Korea during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. You’ll see in this month’s selected photos from our archives that some familiar physicists, as well as their families and friends, are fans of certain winter sports!
Here are some images from our collections that illustrate the female perspective of life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where workers spent years unknowingly enriching uranium, and of the physicist women whose discoveries led the way to the development of the atomic bomb.
Happy holidays from us to you! Here are some photos to accompany three do-it-yourself cutout snowflake templates made by our creative staff here at AIP and loosely based on some images from our Emilio Segrè Visual Archives!
November is National Novel Writing Month and regardless of if you are participating, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share a selection of physicists and scientists who are also novelists themselves. Often, these novels tend to be influenced by the real-life works of the scientists who write them.