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Image number: RS.18700
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Deck tennis match




Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986, Hungarian), Biochemist
Margarete 'Gretl' Magnus (d.1968, German), Translator


Lillian Mary Pickford (1902-2002), Physiologist

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height (print): 80mm
width (print): 54mm



Scene showing deck tennis aboard the S.S. Minnekahda. The two players are Gretl Magnus (left as viewed) facing the camera; and Albert Szent-Gyorgi (right as viewed), in profile, standing with hands on hips.

The image is inscribed in ink, verso: ‘Minnekhada 1929 St Gyorgyi & Gretl Magnus Deck Tennis’. From a collection of snapshots taken by Mary Pickford on board, captioned and donated by her. Backed with cardboard.

The S.S. Minnekahda was a U.S. Atlantic Transport converted troopship, repurposed as a single-class passenger ship. Archibald Vivian Hill (1886-1977) organised its use to transport European scientists attending the International Physiological Congress in Boston, U.S.A., in 1929.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986), Hungarian biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1937.

Margarete ‘Gretl’ Magnus [later Zander] (d.1968) German translator, was the daughter of Rudolf Magnus (1873-1927) and worked with him; she later married Walter Zander (1898-1993) German-born British lawyer and scholar.

Lillian Mary Pickford (1902-2002) British physiologist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1966.

Object history

Presented by Lillian Mary Pickford.

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