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Historic Sites Plaques

In May and June, APS presented two plaques as part of its historic sites initiative. The one in May honored the Davisson-Germer experiment, performed in 1927 at the then site of Bell Labs in lower Manhattan; and  the one in June recognized the Keeling Curve describing the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, research that was done by Charles David Keeling at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.


Plaque montage
Top photo courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego/Bottom photo courtesy of Benjamin Bederson

In the top photo, the plaque at the Scripps Institution is admired by (l to r) Chair of the APS Historic Sites Committee Ben Bederson, Director of the Scripps Institution Tony Haymet, and APS President Barry Barish. In the bottom photo, APS Past President Curtis Callan (left) and President of Bell Labs Jeong Kim prepare to unveil the Davisson-Germer plaque (see inset). The former site of Bell Labs is now the Westbeth Artists Housing community, the largest artists' residency community in the world.

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