The Artist in Science

Clark University physics professor ALBERT A. MICHELSON wins the Nobel Prize for his revolutionary experiments using the red light of cadmium to determine the number of wavelengths in the standard meter. He also invented the echelon spectroscope, a meter-measuring device, and the stellar interferometer, described in 1930 as "probably the most important astronomical development in this century."

Clark hires DAVIS BAIRD as the University's new provost. Baird's area of expertise is the philosophy of science, with a concentration on scientific instruments. His most recent research focuses on the societal and ethical issues associated with nanotechnology, an emergent field of science boasting potential applications in medicine, electronics and manufacturing at the atomic level.

Did You Know?

Michelson’s imaginative work and technical accomplishments were widely credited with making possible Albert Einstein's radical theories. Einstein himself commemorated the 100th anniversary of Michelson's birth, writing: "I always think of Michelson as the artist in science."

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