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Photos of the Month - August 2018

Audrey Lengel, Photo Archivist

By now, if you’ve been following along as we post these Photos of the Month features, you know about the existence of AIP’s Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, which houses images relating to the history of physics. We like to say we’re providing researchers with an opportunity to see and experience “the human face of science” when they explore our visual materials. But what about the voice of science? Well, we have an oral history collection for that.

We have about 1,000 interviews in our collection, 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. You’ll see among these photos Walter Brattain at his desk during a 1974 interview, Charles Weiner in conversation with Otto Frisch in 1967, and David DeVorkin interviewing Geoffrey Burbidge in 1978. These interview transcripts are available online and are full-text searchable – if you are interested in hearing the audio of any of our interviews, feel free to contact our reference staff at nbl [at] aip.org.

Caption: William A. Fowler during an oral history interview on May 30, 1974. Click here to read interview transcript.

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Caption: Harvey Fletcher and Vern Knudsen laughing at an oral history interview in 1964. Click here to read interview transcript.

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Caption: Walter Brattain at his desk during an oral history interview on May 28, 1974. Click here to read interview transcript

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Caption: Spencer Weart interviewing Martin Schwarzschild at Princeton in 1978. Click here to read interview transcript.

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Caption: Geoffrey Burbidge speaking during an oral history interview. David DeVorkin, not facing camera, conducted the interview. Click here to read interview transcript.

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Caption: Bruce Lindsay conducting an oral history interview with Edwin Wilson in 1964. Click here to read nterview transcript.

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Caption: Charles Weiner (left) interviewing Otto Frisch at AIP in New York City, May 3, 1967. Click here to read interview transcript.

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