Otto Yulievich Schmidt (1891-1956), Soviet explorer and geophysicist, next to an aeroplane. Schmidt is famous for his explorations of the Arctic. These included leading expeditions in 1929 and 1930 to establish the first scientific research station on Franz Josef Land. He worked on theories of the origin of the Earth and Solar System, and was editor of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia from 1924-1941. He was also a member of the Supreme Soviet, the government of the USSR. In 1937, he was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. Photographed in 1953, in Russia.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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