Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

More than 30,000 photos of scientists and their work

Attention ESVA patrons:

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives’ site is moving soon and adopting an open access approach to digital image sharing. Once we have transitioned to the new site in 2021, we will no longer charge for our high-resolution digital images or usage fees (note that we do not hold copyright to all the images in our collections and you will still need to obtain permission for those which we do not own).

If you are working on a long-term project, we advise you to wait until the migration is complete so that you may obtain our copies for free. If you cannot wait, email us at nbl [at] aip.org and we will do what we can to assist you. We will not be offering refunds for past purchases.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page on the Ex Libris Universum blog. 

Photos of the Month Archive

Eve, Keys, and Joyce in Mammoth Cave, KY.
The selected photos this month show all kinds of subterranean research, from inside caves, former lead mines and man-made tunnels.
Portrait of Carlos Gutierrez
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (which spans from September 15 – October 15), we’re highlighting a number of photos of prominent Hispanic physicists.
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.

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