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World Year of Physics International Gala

Magician Bob Friedhoffer delights the crowd with the old flaming wallet trick. The man has money to burn.
Magician Bob Friedhoffer delights the crowd with the old flaming wallet trick. The man has money to burn.
APS President Marvin Cohen (center) and his wife Suzy share refreshments and an anecdote or two with 'Paul Ehrenfest'.
APS President Marvin Cohen (center) and his wife Suzy share refreshments and an anecdote or two with 'Paul Ehrenfest'.
'Lise Meitner' and 'Hendrik Antoon Lorentz' reminisce about bygone days
'Lise Meitner' and 'Hendrik Antoon Lorentz' reminisce about bygone days.
The Cotillion Ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington hosts the throng celebrating the World Year of Physics. Among the guests are approximately 20 famous scientists of the 20th century. In the captions to the pictures on this page, these scientists, portrayed by local actors who remained in character all evening, are identified by names in quotes.
The Cotillion Ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington hosts the throng celebrating the World Year of Physics. Among the guests are approximately 20 famous scientists of the 20th century. In the captions to the pictures on this page, these scientists, portrayed by local actors who remained in character all evening, are identified by names in quotes.
'J. Robert Oppenheimer' (right) can’t fool William T. Golden (center), treasurer emeritus of AAAS, adviser to Presidents, and pre-eminent philanthropist of science. He knew the REAL Robert Oppenheimer. Shown with Golden and 'Oppie' at left is Gilbert S. Omenn, the incoming President of AAAS
'J. Robert Oppenheimer' (right) can’t fool William T. Golden (center), treasurer emeritus of AAAS, adviser to Presidents, and pre-eminent philanthropist of science. He knew the REAL Robert Oppenheimer. Shown with Golden and 'Oppie' at left is Gilbert S. Omenn, the incoming President of AAAS
The older 'Albert Einstein' (center) poses for the camera with S. James Gates of the University of Maryland and AAAS President Shirley Jackson. Earlier that evening, Gates had delivered a plenary lecture at the AAAS meeting on 'Einstein’s Lessons for the Third Millennium.'
The older 'Albert Einstein' (center) poses for the camera with S. James Gates of the University of Maryland and AAAS President Shirley Jackson. Earlier that evening, Gates had delivered a plenary lecture at the AAAS meeting on 'Einstein’s Lessons for the Third Millennium.'
Souvenir caricatures provide gala attendees with a memento of the World Year of Physics.
Souvenir caricatures provide gala attendees with a memento of the World Year of Physics.
Brian Schwartz of the City University of New York (right) was one of the chief organizers of the gala. He is shown here with (l to r) Iris Ovshinsky and Stanford Ovshinsky of ECD Ovonics, and Franmarie Kennedy of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Brian Schwartz of the City University of New York (right) was one of the chief organizers of the gala. He is shown here with (l to r) Iris Ovshinsky and Stanford Ovshinsky of ECD Ovonics, and Franmarie Kennedy of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
The young 'Albert Einstein' looks relatively the same as his picture on the poster.
The young 'Albert Einstein' looks relatively the same as his picture on the poster.
Sorrel Fisher and her husband, Michael E. Fisher of the University of Maryland, wonder what Einstein would have thought of the renormalization group.
Sorrel Fisher and her husband, Michael E. Fisher of the University of Maryland, wonder what Einstein would have thought of the renormalization group.
S. Peter Rosen (left) of the DOE’s Office of Science chats with Marvin Goldberg of the National Science Foundation
S. Peter Rosen (left) of the DOE’s Office of Science chats with Marvin Goldberg of the National Science Foundation
 Even chemists celebrate the World Year of Physics. Distinguished research chemist Leland Burger (center), who worked on the Manhattan Project, recalls those exciting times with 'Enrico Fermi' (left). Listening in is 'H. A. Lorentz' (right).
Even chemists celebrate the World Year of Physics. Distinguished research chemist Leland Burger (center), who worked on the Manhattan Project, recalls those exciting times with 'Enrico Fermi' (left). Listening in is 'H. A. Lorentz' (right).
'Erwin Schroedinger' (left) smiles a catlike smile as Neil Baggett of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science contemplates the entangled state of next year’s budget for physics.
'Erwin Schroedinger' (left) smiles a catlike smile as Neil Baggett of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science contemplates the entangled state of next year’s budget for physics.
'Lise Meitner' with Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, author of the recent acclaimed biography of Max Born, 'The End of the Certain World,' and Robyn Williams of ABC.
'Lise Meitner' with Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, author of the recent acclaimed biography of Max Born, 'The End of the Certain World,' and Robyn Williams of ABC.
Alan I. Leshner (left), CEO of the AAAS, is on the same wavelength as 'Prince Louis de Broglie'
Alan I. Leshner (left), CEO of the AAAS, is on the same wavelength as 'Prince Louis de Broglie'
 


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