MIT Open House took place on Saturday, April 30, and Doc notes, “There was the usual large crowd here.” The annual MIT Open House was a chance for students and the public to see what was going on at the Institute, and Doc’s laboratory was a popular stop. For the 1938 event, he set up the apparatus sketched on this page to show visitors how a stroboscope made it possible to see a drop splashing on a surface. The event also included seven showings of high-speed motion pictures in 10-250, each to a full house, and a “water jet” illuminated by a strobe built by Herbert Grier. (JB)
Throughout his life, Edgerton was fascinated by drops and splashes. At the MIT Open House in 1938, he set up the apparatus shown in this sketch to show visitors how a drop was formed and how a stroboscope made it possible to see this phenomenon. Open House was a chance for students and the general public to see what was going on at MIT and Doc’s lab was always a popular stop.
drops & splashes
MIT Open House
Grier, Herbert E.
Proto-piddler, piddler, water-drop demo
“My mother, Mrs. F. E. Edgerton left this morning after a week visit, via the “Colonia” at 9 am on the NY … She will stay a week with my sister Mrs. Welch… before returning to Aurora, Nebraska.
Mr. Robert Swan Hingham BYMC Camera Club came in today and gave me two pictures that he took Sat at open house with our high speed lights.”
Page start date:
May 02, 1938
Page type: diagram, notes