Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator, works internationally on collaborative art& science& technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in the arts inform her projects. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide at international events.
Nina’s contribution to the Cabinet Project concerns the story of the “First North American Electron Microscope”
Seeing the Invisible
This historical and personal narrative honors the innovators who built the first successful transmission electron microscope in North America.
Albert Prebus and James Hillier, then graduate students, built this microscope over the 1937/38 Christmas break in the Physics Department’s McLennan Laboratory. Eli F. Burton, Director of the Department visited Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll the designers of the very first electron microscope prototype in Berlin. The first effective Toronto-built model (based on design by Cecil Hall) was set up originally with a single plate of roll film camera
parts. By the summer of 1938 the images were good enough to use for medical research. In addition to archival photos and texts, this installation contains samples of preparations tools