March 2014 Photos of the Month

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By Savannah Gignac, Assistant Photo Librarian

The Allied Sciences

The book, Love, Literature and the Quantum Atom, by Finn Aaserud and J.L. Heilbron looks at the letters between Bohr and his family during his studies in England. Niels and Margarethe Bohr were married for 50 years until Niels' death in 1962. Having a family or spouse’s support was an important influence in a scientist’s career.  Some couples were both involved in the science profession, such as the Curies – Pierre and Marie – and the Goeppert-Mayers – Maria and Joseph. In March we are featuring images of couples from our collection.   Please enjoy our featured selection from our historical photos collection of these and other famous couples. To see more images like the ones we’ve selected, type the name of the physicist in the search engine.


Description: Michele Besso and his wife, Anna Winteler.

Date: 1898

Credit: Besso Family, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives






Wheeler_John_Archibald_G7Description: John Wheeler and his wife Janette Wheeler outdoors at their summer home in High Island, Maine

Date: 1984

Credit: AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Spicer Collection; For permission to publish please contact Beverly Spicer at zpycer33 [at]




Mayer_Maria_C11Description: Husband and wife physicists, Joseph Mayer and Maria Goeppert-Mayer. Maria Goeppert-Mayer is one of two women to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives








Berman_Sam_G1Description: (L-R): Gladys Berman; Sam Berman aboard the S.S. Bergensfjord on their way to the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.

Date: September 1959

Credit: Photograph by Norton M. Hintz, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives






Curie_Marie_C2Description: Marie and Pierre Curie work in their laboratory.

Credit: AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives








Bohr_Niels_G6Description: Margrethe Bohr and Niels Bohr sit outdoors at the Carlsberg House of Honor

Credit: Niels Bohr Archive, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Margrethe Bohr Collection