Anna ("Vesse") and Odd Dahl

Description: Odd Dahl (1899-1994) was a Norwegian adventurer who had no formal scientific training but later made great contributions to research on atomic energy. He read physics while a member of Roald Amundsen's expedition to the Arctic. During the 1930s, Odd Dahl joined the staff of the Carnegie Institution in Washington as a member of the team developing the Van de Graff generator and later led Norway's atomic energy program. He is shown here with his wife Anna "Vesse" Dahl.


Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer


Medium: Black and white photographic print


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Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives


Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.


Accession number: SIA2008-0790

  • Scott Kraft 6y

    Nice photo and history
  • Dominique Sanchez 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Standing portraits, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • robot makes music 6y

    How odd! His name is Odd Dahl, and he went adventuring with a Roald. I guess Roald and Dahl are common Norwegian names.
  • Mr. Sable 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Legendary Adventurers' Guild, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Stratillus 4y

    Seems an unusual name 'Odd' though I guess that isn't the case in Norway. Really clear photograph, looks like it could have been taken yesterday. His wife is very lovely and is stylishly dressed even on expedition.
  • Johan Mathiesen 10mo

    Odd (rhymes with "stood") also drove the first car across Asia Minor, hiked over the Andes and paddled down the Amazon. Changed the direction of CERN in its early days; and was a pioneer in sending rockets into space.
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