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Mrs. Webster and Her Hummingbirds

Major collection: Science & Technology
Named collection: Harold E. Edgerton Collection
Object type: negative
Maker: Edgerton, Harold Eugene
Date made: 1936

An exposure of 1/100,000 of a second caught this 1936 picture of hummingbirds in action. Since their wings beat sixty times a second, accurate observations of hummingbirds; activities had eluded naturalists before flash photography. Edgerton's strobe revolutionized bird photography and dozens of his pictures appeared in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE and naturalist publications. In this photogrpah the birds are humming around Mae Webster, a hummingbird enthusiast and wife of MIT alumnus Laurence Webster (Class of 1898) whom Edgerton visited a number of times in Holderness, New Hampshire for his bird documentation work. (CC)


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Edgerton, Harold Eugene

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thumbnail Edgerton, Harold Eugene
1903-1990; electrical engineer; professor