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Before Christmas Break, Deb Miller...from the Edgerton Center, shared with all of our elementary students the story about Doc Edgerton.  Harold Eugene "Doc" Edgerton, also known as Papa Flash, was an American scientist and researcher, a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He is largely credited with transforming the stroboscope (strobe light) from an obscure laboratory instrument into a common device.

By the mid-1930s, he was photographing everyday phenomena; golfers swinging at a ball, archers letting the arrow fly, tennis players hitting a serve, water running from a faucet, milk drops hitting a plate, and all sorts of creatures in flight, from bats to hummingbirds to insects.
To learn more about Doc Edgerton’s exciting experiments, plan a visit to the Edgerton Center in Aurora and visit Strobe Alley.