In collaboration with Kodak and George Eastman House, this week celebrates the history of photography, its contribution to and relationship with surrounding culture, its place in the art world, and its reflection of technological innovations that have reshaped the industry. We meet photographers practicing their craft, and SEE this nexus of art, science, culture, biography, and history.
Dr. Margaret Geller
Margaret Geller is a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., and a pioneer in mapping the nearby universe. Her current research interests include the structure of the Milky Way galaxy and the distribution of dark matter in the universe. Her long-range scientific goals are to discover what the universe looks like and to understand how it came to have the rich patterns we can observe today.
Geller made two award-winning documentary films about her work: Where the Galaxies Are and So Many Galaxies... So Little Time. These films contain the first animations of flights through the universe based on scientific observations.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, who earned her Ph.D. at Princeton, Geller is a past recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and also has received the Newcomb-Cleveland Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Klopsteg Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Magellanic Premium of the American Philosophical Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.