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William Vandivert, 1950
William Vandivert, 1950
This 1950 William Vandivert photo, taken for an article on "Supervoltage Machines," looks almost more like a painting than a photograph.

Invented by Robert Van de Graaff, the 2,700,000-electron-volt generator pictured in its M.I.T. Lab, according to the magazine article,"symbolizes man's great effort to crack the riddle of the atom."

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Last updated June 26 2009: 1:52 PM ET
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