Felice Frankel, a scientific imagist and researcher at Harvard University's Initiative in Innovative Computing, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Lennart Nilsson Award. Frankel was sited for creating images that are exquisite works of art and crystal-clear scientific illustrations both fascinating and valuable to the general public and scientific community alike.
The Lennart Nilsson Award is given out annually in honour of the internationally celebrated Karolinska Institutet photographer. As with the Swedish photographers own images, Felice Frankels work reveals previously invisible aspects of the world in unique, novel ways. Her subjects range from nanotechnology to magnetism and the surface tension of water droplets.
In studying Ms. Frankels work, I recognize my own way of looking at the world. We share the same passion for using images to explain and communicate science, says Lennart Nilsson.
In selecting Felice Frankel, the board of the Lennart Nilsson Foundation stated: Those viewing Ms. Frankels images are initially captivated by their form and colour. No sooner is their curiosity aroused than they want to know what the photograph depicts. She has thus fulfilled a scientific reporters paramount task: to awaken peoples interest and desire to learn.
Felice Frankel began her academic career in biology, but then moved on to architectural and landscape photography. During a fellowship year at Harvards Graduate School of Design, she turned once again to science, beginning work in her present specialty. Today, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Initiative in Innovative Computing at Harvard University and also holds an appointment as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Throughout her professional life, Felice Frankel has worked to make visual imagery a key tool in scientific communication. Her photographs, like Nilssons, have often been reproduced on the covers of lea
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