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Photos of the Month - July 2017

During his 30+ year career, American astronomer John Irwin did not stay in the same place for very long. He worked and traveled to numerous meetings in all corners of the world and brought his camera along, taking portraits of physicists and astronomers wherever he went.

July’s Photos of the Month take us around the world with John Irwin, showcasing some of the portraits taken in his professional travels. In total, Irwin took over 1,300 photographs of astronomers on 6 continents from 1950 – 1988, resulting in an impressive collection, including nine Nobel Prize winners. In this month’s selection of portraits, you’ll see Martha Liller, who served as the Curator of Astronomical Photographs at Harvard for 33 years, Christopher Corbally from the Vatican Observatory, Jeannette Barnes of Kitt Peak National Observatory, and others as they traveled the world attending astronomy meetings. For more portraits of astronomers around the world, feel free to view our entire collection of digitized John Irwin slides. Happy travels!

John Irwin at Cerro Calan, Santiago, Chile. He worked and lived in Chile from 1964-67.

Date: January 12, 1966

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

Martha Liller, Curator of Astronomical Photographs at Harvard, at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Date: December 5, 1971

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

J. Derral Mulholland, astronomer and senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, visiting Chaco Canyon while attending the American Astronomical Society meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Date: January 11, 1981

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

Christopher Corbally, research astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, in front of the Taj Mahal while attending an International Astronomical Union meeting in New Delhi, India.

Date: November 23, 1985

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

Lawrence Aller, notable astronomer and professor at UCLA, in Pasadena, California for an American Astronomical Society meeting.

Date: January 4, 1987

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

Jeannette Barnes of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Date: December 29, 1972

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection

Merle Tuve, founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Villa Elisa, Argentina.

Date: March 26, 1966

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, John Irwin Slide Collection