Felice Frankel

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Frankel's photo of ferrofluid (2002)

Felice Frankel is a photographer of scientific images renowned for the aesthetic quality of her science photographs.[1]


Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Working in collaboration with scientists and engineers, Frankel's images have been published in over 200 journal articles and/or covers and various other publications for general audiences such as National Geographic, Nature Magazine, Science, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Materials Today, PNAS, Newsweek, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, New Scientist among others.

Along with No Small Matter, Science on the Nanoscale, (Harvard University Press) co-authored with George M. Whitesides, her previous books are Envisioning Science, The Design and Craft of the Science Image, (The MIT Press); On the Surface of Things, Images of the Extraordinary in Science, (Harvard University Press) co-authored with George M. Whitesides; and Modern Landscape Architecuture, Redefining the Garden, with Jory Johnson, (Abbeville Press).

She is founder of the Image and Meaning workshops and conferences whose purpose is to develop new approaches to promote the public understanding of science through visual expression. She was PI of the National Science Foundation funded program, Picturing to Learn, an effort to study how making representations by students, aids in teaching and learning, (Picturing to Learn).

Frankel and her work have been profiled in the New York Times, Wired, LIFE Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Science Friday, the Christian Science Monitor and various European publications. She exhibits throughout the United States and in Europe. Her limited edition photographs are included in a number of corporate and private collections.


She has received grants and awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


  • Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image, 2004.
  • On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science, 2008.
  • No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale, 2009.
  • Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers, 2012

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  1. ^ She Calls It ‘Phenomena.’ Everyone Else Calls It Art. Cornelia Dean, New York Times, June 12, 2007
  2. ^ Frankel wins Lennart Nilsson Award B. D. Colen, Harvard News Office, October 17, 2007
  3. ^ Author details at Scientific American

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