Cultural events

Martin Karplus - Colour of the Fifties


from May 14, 2013 to August 25, 2013 François-Mitterrand / Allée Julien Cain

Born in Vienna in 1930, Martin Karplus immigrated with his family to the United States in 1938. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and Professeur Conventionné at ISIS, Université de Strasbourg, France. He was a pioneer in the application of nuclear magnetic resonance to chemistry and developed what is now known as the ‘Karplus Equation’. He is also famous as a scientist for the introduction of molecular dynamics simulations of proteins, a technique now used world-wide in fundamental research and drug design.
After he completed his Doctorate at ‘CalTech’ (California Institute of Technology) in 1953, his parents presented him with a Leica IIIC camera and he began to experiment with it. A postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation supported his continued scientific research at Oxford University, England, between 1953-55. Between University ‘terms’, Dr. Karplus travelled extensively throughout Europe and recorded his vision of the peoples and places he saw with the Leica on Kodachrome film.In the following decade, he continued photographing during trips to South America and Asia, and across the United States. 

This exhibition is comprised of about a hundred images from among the thousands of photographs taken during the period 1953-1965. The original Kodachrome slides, many of which are now over 50 years old, were scanned by Paul Sims, a master craftsman. The exhibition prints were made from these images. They show the inquiring mind and profoundly humanist vision of a young man who would become a world famous scientist.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013