This photograph of a young scientist in training is the second in the Who’s That? category here on Webvision. The inaugural post in this category explains the idea behind these posts, but this post shows us, as you’ve deduced from the post title, a young Wolfgang Baehr seen in the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg in 1963. Incidentally, one of Wolfgang’s sons is studying at Heidelberg University and looks shockingly like him in this photo.
Wolfgang was born in Mannheim, Germany and studied organic chemistry while at the University of Heidelberg before moving on to graduate school and then where we find him today in vision science.
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This is the first photograph in a new category, “Who’s That?”, a evolving compendium of found imagery from years back of vision scientists. The idea is that on occasion, one runs across imagery of vision scientists from other times and it makes for a compelling look back at history. At the 2007 ARVO, Don Fox helped set up a presentation on the early years of ARVO where he showed some images of John Dowling, George Wald, Brian Boycott and more while Bob Barlow, John Dowling and Harris Ripps spoke for almost two hours about the early history of ARVO and neuroscience research at the Marine Biology Lab at Woods Hole.
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CBS news has a post up with a collection of photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries of ophthalmologic care from the extensive and excellent archives of The Burns Archive, one of the largest collections of early medical photography in the world curated by Dr. Stanley B. Burns. Note: some images are potentially disturbing.
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A friend of Webvision, renaissance man and photographer extraordinaire, Duncan Davidson visited us at the Moran Eye Center and hung out for a day of science while we performed experiments. Duncan documented some of the work we did that day in the lovely video he posted to Vimeo above. You have quite possibly seen Duncan’s work before on CNN or of individuals giving talks at the TED conference as Duncan is the official TED photographer.
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