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Photos of the Month - June 2017

Just as we featured photos of mothers of all kinds in May, we’re reflecting this month on fathers. We’re spending some time this June leading up to Father’s Day remembering physicists who were fathers and the men who raised some of the most prominent physical scientists. Did you know there are four father-and-son pairs who have both won Nobel Prizes in Physics and one father-and-daughter pair who have won Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry, respectively? One of these pairs will be pictured as a bonus photo this month on our social media accounts!

Among this month’s photos are snapshots of A. David Thackeray, the director of the Radcliffe Observatory, holding his son at the observatory, noted astronomer Martin Harwit at age 9 with his father in Istanbul, as well as Hans Kramers sharing a moment with one of his daughters named Susan. To browse more pictures of fathers from our archives, search for “Father” using the quick search box on our site.

Martin Harwit age 9, with his father, Felix M. Haurowitz in Istanbul. Felix Haurowitz was a Professor of Biochemistry on the Medical Faculty of Istanbul University.

Date: circa 1940

Credit: Foto Sonmez, Eminonu, Istanbul, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Harwit Collection

Masahiro Wakatani (right) with daughters Seiko Wakatani and Ayako Wakatani in their home in Nara, Japan.

Date: February 3, 1986

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Leon Brillouin holding his daughter and sitting with Marcelle, his wife.

Date: circa 1905 - 1910

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Leon Brillouin Collection

Hendrik Kramers with daughter, Susan, sitting on his shoulders in Denmark.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Andrew Thackeray holding his son at the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford, England.

Date: June 1950

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

Samuel Goudsmit's father, Isaac, and daughter, Esther.

Date: 1935

Credit: Photograph by Samuel Goudsmit, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Goudsmit Collection