Harold Eugene Edgerton  (American, 1903-1990) 

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Harold Eugene Edgerton (American, April 6, 1903–January 4, 1990) graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, with a BS in Electrical Engineering. After spending a year working for General Electric as a researcher, he began his post-graduate studies at MIT in Cambridge, MA, in 1926. He earned both his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering, and went on to accept a position as an engineering professor. While at MIT, Edgerton began experimenting with strobes in an effort to advance their technological utility. He was interested in how strobes could be used to freeze objects in movement when being captured on film with a camera. These experiments led him to begin taking his own photos, and through the use of strobe photographic technology, Edgerton was able to capture split second events, such as the bursting of a balloon or the firing of a gun. Edgerton studied alongside fellow photographer and engineer Gjon Mili, who shared his interest in strobe photography. He retired from his position of institute professor emeritus in 1968, but continued working in the MIT Stroboscope Light Laboratory and teaching the freshman course in stroboscope photography. In 1934, he was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal Photographic Society, and in 1973, he won the National Medal of Science. Edgerton passed away in Cambridge, MA, on January 4, 1990.

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Harold Eugene Edgerton, Fencer Making The Foil Blade Fly

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Fencer Making The Foil Blade Fly
1938

Opus Art Ltd
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Ten Dye Transfer Prints Portfolio, 1938-1973

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Ten Dye Transfer Prints Portfolio, 1938-1973
Bruce Silverstein
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Wes Fesler's Football Kick

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Wes Fesler's Football Kick
1939

Opus Art Ltd
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Pigeon Release

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Pigeon Release
1965

Opus Art Ltd
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Football Kick

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Football Kick
1939

Etherton Gallery
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Moscow Circus, Madison Squre Garden

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Moscow Circus, Madison Squre Garden
1963

Dean Jensen Gallery
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Harold Eugene Edgerton, Tennis-Forehand Drive, Jenny Tuckey

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Tennis-Forehand Drive, Jenny Tuckey, 1938
gelatin silver print

 

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Harold Eugene Edgerton, Fan and smoke (6 works)

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Fan and smoke (6 works), 1934
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Harold Eugene Edgerton, Gus Solomons, dancer

 

Harold Eugene Edgerton
Gus Solomons, dancer, 1960
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1903   Born in Fremont, Nebraska
1925   Received B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska
1926   During his graduate studies at MIT, he uses strobe light to study whirling rotor engines
1927   Received M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); became MIT faculty member
1931   Developed the stroboscope
1931   Received D.Sc. in electrical engineering from MIT
1938   Perfected multiflash photography of athletes in action; the same year he unsuccessfully tried to sell the concept of electronic flash to U.S. camera manufacturers
1938   Commissioned by the U.S. Army Air Force to design strobe lamp powerful enough to be used for aerial photography at night
1939   His first book, entitled "Flash! Seeing the Unseen by Ultra High Speed Photography" was published
1940   Won Academy Award for his short film "Quicker Than a Wink"
1975   Became emeritus chairman of the board at MIT
1990   Died at the age of 86