Meet the Professor who made the Invisible Visible

September 15th, 2013

Bullet through Apple by Doc Edgerton, 1964

Bullet through Apple, 1964.
© 2010 MIT. Courtesy of MIT Museum.

Most people are familiar with the photographs of Harold E. “Doc” Edgerton ScD ’31 — the iconic milk drop, the bullet through an apple. What might come as a surprise is that the late professor’s lab, Strobe Alley, is still being used at MIT today.

On a recent Friday morning, photographer Randall Armor visited Strobe Alley.

See his behind-the-scenes-tour.

 

Later in his career, Edgerton transformed nighttime aerial photography during World War II. He spent decades working with sonar and photographing the ocean depths with Jacques Cousteau, who gave Edgerton the nickname “Papa Flash”. He even won an Oscar in 1940. Perhaps most importantly, his innovations paved the way for cheap and portable electronic flashes, making them an invaluable tool for science and photography.

Milk Drop Coronet taken by Doc Edgerton

Milk Drop Coronet, 1957.
© 2010 MIT. Courtesy of MIT Museum.

Learn more about his innovative work:

Edgerton Digital Collections

MIT Edgerton Center

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