Welcome to the Geophysical Laboratory’s history website. This site was created as a history of science summer internship project for the Carnegie Institution’s 2005 Summer Intern Program in Geoscience. Here you will find historical sketches of the Laboratory’s founding and early years, portraits and biographies of renowned staff members, and a timeline of major research developments from establishment to present. Most of the illustrations are from the Archives of the Geophysical Laboratory, which have been preserved through the efforts of the Carnegie Legacy Project.

(Above) Arthur L. Day, first director of the Geophysical Laboratory, and an unidentified colleague, with a carbon arc and resistance furnace, ca. 1906.



Unless otherwise noted, all materials shown in this site are held in the archives of the Geophysical Laboratory. You may download material from this site for your personal, noncommericial use only. For permission to reproduce or publish please contact the librarian at the Geophysical Laboratory.