Friday Afternoon Follies: Fun With Physics

This is Gerry Phillips, who was head of the Physics Department and Director of the Bonner Lab, with a friend.

Gerry Phillips and Friend

It looks like some kind of meter.

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4 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: Fun With Physics

  1. Richard A. Schafer says:

    That’s a Van de Graaff generator, almost certainly. Never seen one with a face drawn on it before.

  2. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen 1982) says:

    I wonder what the box in the bottom of the cart is? I see a few vacuum tubes hanging out of it.

  3. ed summers, Baker, 1959 says:

    It looks like Holmes Richter during his head-shaving years.

  4. Tom I. Bonner '63 says:

    Based on what appear to be polyethylene spheres on both devices those are are probably neutron detectors of the type invented by my father, Tom W. Bonner. Their response to neurons of differing energies approximated that of the human body and hence they were frequently used as dosimeters.

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