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Spring 2002 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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Mystery Photo Solved!
Einstein receiving honorary doctorate from Hebrew UniversityThank you to one of our readers, Issachar Una, who contacted us with the identification of the people in the mystery photograph (Fall 2001 Newsletter). He consulted with Ze’ev Rosenkranz, curator of the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to verify the identity of some of the people. The occasion was the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate to Einstein from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, March 15, 1949. The photograph was taken at Einstein’s home, and the people are: Front row, L-R: Professor Sokenik (discoverer of the Dead Sea scrolls); Israel S. Wechsler (Chairman of the American Friends of the Hebrew University); Einstein; Mrs. Tamar de-Sola Pool (President of the Hadassah Women Organisation); Professor L. A. Mayer (Orientalist, former Rector of Hebrew University). Back row, L-R: Mr. G. Wise (Board of Governors Chairman at Hebrew University); Mr. Mark Sugarman; Professor Gerschom Scholem (Jewish Mystics, Kabala); Mr. H. Salpeter; Mr. Sylvan Gotschel; Mr. Joe Mazer They are all members of the American Friends of the Hebrew University.

Left to right: Brian Schwartz, Gil Nussbaum and Richard Frankel demonstrating in Washington, DC, April 30, 1969. In recent months Schwartz has taken the lead, on behalf of the APS, in arranging symposiums of historians and physicists to accompany stagings of the play "Copenhagen" in New York and Washington, DC. AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Schwartz Collection.
Brian Schwartz and Barry Casper, 1969

W. Patrick McCray, AIP HistorianW. Patrick McCray, the AIP Center's Postdoctoral Historian, in front of the 8.1-meter mirror of the new Gemini South telescope at Cerro Pachon, Chile. In January 2002 McCray attended the Gemini Observatory's dedication while doing interviews and other research for a forthcoming book on the history of large telescopes and postwar astronomy. Photo Courtesy W.P. McCray.


Norton Hintz, Harry Gove and Ben Mottleson, 1965
Norton Hintz, Harry Gove and Ben Mottleson in a"spin down state" after lectures at Brookhaven Summer School, 1965.

Sir Denys Wilkinson, 1961
Sir Denys Wilkinson playing pinball during a Harvard Conference on Nuclear Physics held at Harwell, England, 1961.
Both photos by Norton M. Hintz, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Hintz Collection.


Providence has given us a torch which our forefathers did not possess, and has allowed us to discern fundamental causes in the history of the world which the obscurity of the past concealed from them.

—de Tocqueville

Veltman family, 1962
Martinus Veltman, his wife and daughter at their apartment in Geneva, 1962. Photograph by J. D. Jackson, Photo Courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Jackson Collection.
Ramsey family, 1950
Norman Ramsey and family at Harvard Physics Picnic, Ipswitch, MA, 1950. Photo by Norton M. Hintz, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Hintz Collection.

John TyndallJohn Tyndall (1820-1893). Many fine portraits of scientists like this are found in the books in the Niels Bohr Library. From Tyndall's Forms of Water in Clouds & Rivers, Ice & Glaciers (New York: Appleton, 1881). Photo Courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Some of the best accounts of science tell of people as much as facts... Today, the teaching of science in schools, and its presentation to the public, focuses heavily on facts, leaving little room for inquiry or imagination. This does not reflect the reality of research, and ignores the most exciting part—the process of discovery itself.

—Nancy J. Rothwell


Jorrit DeBoer, 1995
Jorrit DeBoer tinkers with his motorbike at his home in Munich, November 1995. Photo by Norton M. Hintz, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Hintz Collection.

W. F. Meggers
The spectroscopist W. F. Meggers (1888-1966) working in his lab at the National Bureau of Standards. Meggers' extensive collection in the Niels Bohr Library's archives has been only partly processed. Staff have completed higher priority tasks such as AIP Member Society records, and have returned to work on this interesting collection. Photo courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Meggers Collection.



Sir Lawrence and Lady Bragg
Sir Lawrence Bragg (then Head of the Cavendish Laboratory) and Lady Bragg in their garden in Cambridge, England, October 1951. Photo by Norton M. Hintz, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Hintz Collection.

Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber, 1979
Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber at the History of Nuclear Physics Symposium, University of Minnesota, May 18-24, 1979. Photo by Norton M. Hintz, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Hintz Collection.


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