Parade of bearded scientists

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) took lots of good photos of the Improbable Research show, a featured event of the AAAS’s recent annual meeting, held in Washington, DC. The photographer captured, among many other things, the historic moment when a parade of bearded scientists went up to shake hands with Ig Nobel Prize winner Manuel Barbeito, co-author of the study “Microbiological Laboratory Hazard of Bearded Men“ after he gave his first-ever public lecture about the research. Barbeito and colleagues did the experiment in the mid-1960s at Fort Detrick, Maryland, where he was in charge of the health and safety office. The study, we are told, formed the basis for safety precautions used to this day in biology laboratories around the world.

You can see them online.