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Photos of the Month - May 2017 

We’re spending some time this May leading up to Mother’s Day reflecting and remembering physicists who were mothers and women who raised some of the most well-known scientists in history. Some women, such as Marie Curie, whose daughter Irène Joliot-Curie was a Nobel Prize winning chemist, were both!

Featured among this month’s photos are snapshots of both Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie working in a lab, Maria Mayer and her daughter Marianne, and Albert Einstein’s mother, Pauline Einstein, née Koch. To browse more pictures of mothers from our archives, search for “Mother” using the quick search box on our site.

 

Henrietta Swan Leavitt, sometimes known as the mother of physical cosmology, with fellow astronomer Annie Jump Cannon at Harvard College Observatory.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Shapley Collection

Pauline Einstein, née Koch, Albert Einstein’s mother

Credit: Hebrew University of Jerusalem Albert Einstein Archives, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Ellen Adler Bohr sitting with her son, Niels Bohr in 1902.

Credit: Niels Bohr Archive, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Maria Goeppert-Mayer with her daughter, Marianne in the summer of 1935.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Maria Stein Collection

Dorothy Mallett, mother of Ronald Mallett, with her husband Boyd and two sons Ronald (left) and Jason (right) in a park in 1948.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Gift of Dr. Ronald Mallett

Marie Curie (right) with daughter and chemist Irène Joliot-Curie working in the lab.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, William G. Myers Collection