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Visionary Engineer, Harold Edgerton

Visionary Engineer, Harold Edgerton showcases MIT’s digital collection of renowned MIT professor, inventor and engineer, Harold “Doc” Edgerton.

From underwater photography to filming bullets in action, Harold "Doc" Edgerton was a true pioneer: an educator, inventor, entrepreneur and explorer. Try your hand at his fun and famous "piddler" machine and examine artifacts from his research lab. You'll see the mercury tube that Doc identified as his first strobe and other objects—some dating to the 2nd century BC—excavated thanks to Edgerton's underwater photographic techniques.

Notable contributions by Edgerton include his wartime strobe, which aided in night vision, his contributions to strobe in industry, and his significant, collaborative efforts in underwater exploration.

Explore the Edgerton Digital Collections (EDC) project—an innovative, collaborative publishing venture that draws from an array of databases to document the history of science and technology and celebrate the spirit of Doc Edgerton.

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Edgerton Venice

Sonar survey, Venice (Italy) - Harold E. Edgerton, Antonio Stefanon, 1985

Harold E. Edgerton in a gondola filled with sonar recording instruments on a canal in Venice, Italy.

Edgerton Sonar Survey

Photo by Nancy Farriss Archaeological sonar survey, Yucatán (Mexico).

Harold E. Edgerton hands a postcard of his high-speed milk-drop photograph ("Coronet") to a local, during an archaeological sonar survey project led by Nancy Farriss in Yucatán, Mexico in July 1975.