As promised, here are loads of pictures from The Violinist’s Thumb, pictures of major and minor characters, of flashy and stunning scenes, and of other wild moments.
Miescher and his castle
Here you can see the castle at Tubingen where Miescher discovered DNA.
Thomas Hunt Morgan
Calvin Bridges and Alfred Sturtevant
One picture of Alfred Sturtevant “with arms akimbo” and one that says “ Hot Dog!” And here’s Calvin Bridges playing horseshoes and staring into space in the fly room. This link contains multiple pictures of each.
Fruit Fly Pictures
Hugo de Vries
Hugo de Vries examining his supposed primrose sports. (Other pictures available if you scroll down.)
Tsutomu Yamaguchi, double atomic bomb survivor
The various obituaries of Tsutomu Yamaguchi (here’s one of them and here’s another of them) all had good pictures of him, though always as an old man. For a picture of a young Yamaguchi, see Nine Who Survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki (not online, unfortunately).
RNA Tie Club membership (sort of)
A picture of the RNA Tie Club tie. Unfortunately, you can’t buy them anymore, just look.
The many sides of Claude Shannon
All about Barbara McClintock
Here’s a link to an archive (right here) with boatloads of pictures of Barbara McClintock, in a range of ages and poses.
Hans Spemann and his daughter’s hair
Photograph of Behouden Huys
A grainy photograph of the hut in which Barentsz’s crew endured a long winter in the 1590s, after its rediscovery in 1881.
Peyton Rous (and chicken) pictures
Here’s Rous’s official Nobel laureate photograph. And here’s a side-by-side comparison of the scientist as a young man and an old man. And, best of all, here’s the chicken tumor that got everything rolling in 1909.
Here’s a YouTube video of Jack Wright’s home, still crawling with hundreds of cats.
Here’s a series of pictures of people with tails, including one adult, Chandre Oram, who’s made something of a career out of having one.
Here’s a picture of a nipple that grew on some poor woman’s foot.
Crazy hybrid animals
In the 1920s Texas biologist Theophilus Painter mistakenly published a paper saying that human beings had 48 chromosomes, not 46. You’ll have some more sympathy for Painter after you look at the pictures he had to use to make the counts. I’m not sure I could have gotten with a dozen.
William Buckland’s hyena cave
When William Buckland discovered an ancient hyena lair full of gnawed-on bones in England, it was big news. Here, a newspaper cartoonist imagines, a little anachronistically, Buckland entering the cave.
Tambora and Toba
Here’s the after picture of the Tambora volcano explosion from 1815. And here’s the after from the circa 70,000 B.C. Toba volcano explosion, the one that (quite possibly) threatened the human race’s very existence.
Stolen body parts
Some surprisingly good paintings done by chimpanzees.
Toulouse-Lautrec’s idea of fun
Warning: this one’s a little scatological. But it sure is interesting to watch one of the world’s great artists drop his pants and go to the bathroom on a public beach.
That lovely Hapsburg lip
King Tut’s final view
Here are pictures of the brown microbial splotches on the wall of King Tut’s tomb.
The amorphous Akhenaten
The Neptune girdle
Perhaps my favorite picture in the entire gallery: the Neptune girdle!