All change

15 January 2018

Ninety years after the famous photograph of the 1927 Solvay conference (top) was taken, depicting 28 male scientists and a single woman (Marie Skłodowska Curie), the University of Trento and the Italian Physical Society created a more modern picture: a new photo showing 28 female physicists and one man (former CMS spokesperson Guido Tonelli). The aim was to give more visibility to women in physics, one of the topics of the conference of the Italian Physical Society in Trento after which the photo was taken on 14 September. At the 1927 Solvay conference, devoted to electrons and photons, 17 of the 29 attendees photographed were or became Nobel Prize winners – including Curie, who alone among them, had won Nobel Prizes in two separate scientific disciplines.

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