Twenty-nine of history’s most influential scientists in one photograph - now in color!

Illustration for article titled Twenty-nine of history’s most influential scientists in one photograph - now in color!

I can't get over how fantastic this image is. It was originally captured in 1927 at the fifth Solvay Conference, one of the most star-studded meetings of scientific minds in history. Notable attendees included Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac and Louis de Broglie — to name a few.

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Of the 29 scientists in attendance (the majority of whom contributed to the fields of physics and chemistry), over half of them were, or would would go on to become, Nobel laureates. (It bears mentioning that Marie Curie, the only woman in attendance at the conference, remains the only scientist in history to be awarded Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields.)

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All this is to say that this photo is beyond epic. Now, thanks to the masterful work of redditor mygrapefruit, this photo is more impressive, still. Through a process known as colorization, mygrapefruit has given us an an even better idea of what this scene might have looked like had we attended the conference in person back in 1927; and while the Sweden-based artist typically charges for her skills, she's included a link to a hi-res, print-size download of the colorized photo featured below, free of charge.

Illustration for article titled Twenty-nine of history’s most influential scientists in one photograph - now in color!

You can learn more about the colorization process, and check out more of mygrapefruit's work, over on her website.
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Ken-Barber
Ken.Barber

There are several problems with this image.

First of all, there is no cat, so we cannot know whether Schrödinger is actually alive — or dead.

Second, Heisenberg's position in the photo is highly uncertain.

Third, Einstein's age and girth may not appear accurately, as they are relative to the velocity of the train he rode in on.

And Planck was not there when the photo was taken. He appeared later in a quantum leap after the film was developed.