Lev Landau, Soviet physicist
Lev Davidovich Landau (1908-1968), Soviet physicist, talking while out for a walk. Landau, born in Azerbaijan, made important contributions to quantum mechanics, diamagnetism, superconductivity and plasma physics. In 1962 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on superfluidity and liquid helium. From 1937 to 1962 he led a theoretical research institute that is now called the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in his honour. He was severely injured in a car crash in 1962, and never fully recovered, dying six years later. Photographed in Russia, in 1963.
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Luigi Groto, Italian poet
Luigi Groto (1541-1585), Italian poet. The circular Italian inscription gives his name, calls him the 'blind man of Hadria' (referring to Adria, northern Italy), and states that here he is 31 years of age. Groto studied philosophy and literature despite losing his sight soon after birth. He lived and worked in Venice, where he published several works of poetry and plays. Groto also worked as an editor on books by the 16th-century Italian aristocrat Giovanni Maria Bonardo. Artwork from the 1589 edition of Bonardo's 'La grandezza, larghezza e distanza di tutte le sfere'. This work concerned the nature of the planets, stars and celestial spheres.
© Todd-White Art Photography
Douglas Bader - Flying Ace of WW2
Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (1910-1982) - Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War. A postcard produced for the (Royal) Overseas League and sent to troops along with cigarettes gifted from collections from schoolchildren during the war. These cards were pre-printed with a return address of the school who had made the collection in question intended to be filled in by servicemen and sent back with thanks. Date: circa 1945
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection