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Harold E. Edgerton
(6 Apr 1903 - 4 Jan 1990)

American engineer and ultra-high-speed photographer.


Science Quotes by Harold E. Edgerton (7 quotes)

Don't make me out to be an artist. I am an engineer. I am after the facts, only the facts.
— Harold E. Edgerton
As quoted, without source, in Gus Kayafas and Estelle Jussim, Stopping Time: The Photographs of Harold Edgerton (1987), 18.
Science quotes on:  |  Artist (46)  |  Engineer (72)  |  Fact (609)

If you don’t wake up at three in the morning and want to do something, you’re wasting your time.
— Harold E. Edgerton
As quoted in J. Kim Vandiver and Pagan Kennedy, 'Harold Eugene Edgerton', Biographical Memoirs (National Academy of Sciences, 2005), Vol. 86, 111.
Science quotes on:  |  Doing (36)  |  Morning (31)  |  Time (439)  |  Waking (4)  |  Want (120)  |  Waste (57)

In many ways, unexpected results are what have most inspired my photography.
— Harold E. Edgerton
As quoted, without source, in Gus Kayafas and Estelle Jussim, Stopping Time: The Photographs of Harold Edgerton (1987), 9.
Science quotes on:  |  Inspiration (50)  |  Photography (7)  |  Result (250)  |  Unexpected (26)

That’s the nature of research—you don’t know what in hell you’re doing.
— Harold E. Edgerton
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Science quotes on:  |  Hell (29)  |  Know (321)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Research (517)

We worked and worked, didn’t get anywhere. That’s how you know you’re doing research.
— Harold E. Edgerton
As found on a MIT website, without citation. Webmaster has not yet been able to determine a primary source. Can you help?
Science quotes on:  |  Know (321)  |  Research (517)  |  Work (457)

When I was a boy, I read with great interest but skepticism about as magic lamp which was used with success by a certain Aladdin. Today I have no skepticism whatsoever about the magic of the xenon flash lamp which we use so effectively for many purposes.
— Harold E. Edgerton
In Electronic Flash, Strobe (1970), v.
Science quotes on:  |  Boy (33)  |  Effective (20)  |  Flash (25)  |  Interest (170)  |  Lamp (12)  |  Magic (67)  |  Purpose (138)  |  Read (83)  |  Skepticism (18)  |  Today (86)  |  Xenon (5)

Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun.
— Harold E. Edgerton
His credo, given to a group gathered to honor his life achievements at an Archaeological Society of America. Quoted in Associated Press article, published for example, as 'Developer of Stobe Photo Process Dies', Ocala Star-Banner (6 Jan 1990), 4B. The meeting was described in the article as “recent” to the publication date.
Science quotes on:  |  Deal (25)  |  Fun (28)  |  Handshake (2)  |  Work (457)


See also:
  • 6 Apr - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Edgerton's birth.
  • Harold E. Edgerton - context of quote “Don't make me out to be an artist. I am an engineer.” - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
  • Harold E. Edgerton - context of quote “Don't make me out to be an artist. I am an engineer.” - Large image (800 x 400 px)
  • Stopping Time: The Photographs of Harold Edgerton, by Gus Kayafas, Estelle Jussim. - book suggestion.

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