Secretary Charles G. Abbot with Solar Boiler

ID: 4694-C or MNH-4694C

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. September 30, 1936

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 1, Folder: 7

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Astrophysicist and fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1928-1944) Charles G. Abbot with a half horse-power solar boiler, exhibited at the International Congress of Engineers and used by the National Broadcasting Company with a steam engine and generator to broadcast to the United States and Canada. In the South Yard behind the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle", Secretary Abbot is seen here to the right of the photograph with his hand on the machine. There are three unidentified men to the left of the solar boiler.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • South Yard
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 1, Folder: 7

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. September 30, 1936

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  • Secretariats
  • Astrophysicists
  • Astrophysics
  • Secretaries
  • Inventions
  • Employees
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Solar energy
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Physicists
  • Solar Boiler
  • Special events
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Event


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid
  • Event

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4694-C or MNH-4694C

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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