Standing (left to right): Edmund Ezra Day (1883-1951), U.S. Senator Elbert Duncan Thomas (1883-1953), Harlow Shapley (1885-1972). Standing on chair: Kirtley Fletcher Mather (1888-1978)

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Economist and Cornell University president Edmund Ezra Day (1883-1951), U.S. Senator Elbert Duncan Thomas (1883-1953), Harvard University astronomer Harlow Shapley (1885-1972), and Harvard University geologist Kirtley Fletcher Mather (1888-1978). The men were attending an Inter-Society meeting in Washington, D.C., February 23, 1947, when this photograph was taken.


  • Day, Edmund Ezra 1883-1951
  • Thomas, Elbert Duncan 1883-1953
  • Shapley, Harlow 1885-1972
  • Mather, Kirtley F (Kirtley Fletcher) 1888-1978
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2008-5931

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  • 1947
  • 2/23/1947

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  • Economics
  • Geology
  • Astronomy


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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-5931]

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