In 1979, Nikon held the Small World competition for the 5th time. Specimens entered by the contestants included salt crystals, green algae, mammalian tongue tissue, a newt stomach, the slime gland of a hogfish, a thin section of woody tree tissue, butterfly wing scales and a variety of recrystallized pharmaceuticals and other chemicals. Judges were Verlin Y. Yamamoto (U.S. Veterans Administation), John P. Vetter (Western Pennsylvania Hospital), Martin L. Scott (Eastman Kodak), and Rick Ellis (McCrone Associates).

1979 Contest Prize Winners

  • First Prize

    1st Prize - Paul W. Johnson

    University of Rhode Island - Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA
    Specimen: Stalked protozoan attached to a filamentous green algae with bacteria on its surface (160x)
    Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast
  • Second Prize

    2nd Prize - David Gnizak

    Ferro Corp. Technical Center - Independence, Ohio, USA
    Specimen: A broad spectrum antibiotic, doxycycline, dissolved in water and sputter coated with gold (25x)
    Technique: Transmitted Polarized Light
  • Third Prize

    3rd Prize - John V. Atkinson

    Union Carbide Corp. - Bound Brook, New Jersey, USA
    Specimen: Bisphenol-A crystallized from methanol (20x)
    Technique: Transmitted Polarized Light
  • Fourth Prize

    4th Prize - DoSuk Duke Lee

    Cornell University - Ithaca, New York, USA
    Specimen: Recrystalized Acetotoluidine melt dissolved in organic solvent (100x)
    Technique: Double Exposed under Polarized Light
  • Fifth Prize

    5th Prize - John C. Walsh

    London, England
    Specimen: Young female water flea (Daphnia) with single egg (63x)
    Technique: Rheinberg Illumination with blue central stop
  • Sixth Prize

    6th Prize - Franco G. Frezzato

    Bergamo (Redona), Itlay
    Specimen: Franxinus (timber). Thin section mounted in Canada balsam (31x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Seventh Prize

    7th Prize - Christine Skirius

    McCrone Research Institute - Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Alizarin crimson pigment, recrystalized from solvents used in authenticating paintings (24x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Eighth Prize

    8th Prize - J. Jackal

    Westfield, New Jersey, USA
    Specimen: Micro mount hydrous calcium sulfate (25x)
    Technique: Off axis reflected light technique
  • Ninth Prize

    9th Prize - Dorothy Rutherford

    New York University
    Specimen: Newt stomach (30x)
    Technique: Dark Contrast Phase - Rheinberg Illumination
  • Tenth Prize

    10th Prize - David Gnizak

    Ferro Corp. Technical Center
    Specimen: An antibiotic, doxycycline, dissolved in water and sputter coated with gold (55x)
    Technique: Vertical Illumination with Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast
  • Eleventh Prize

    11th Prize - Harriet Goldstein

    Interhealth - San Diego, California, USA
    Specimen: Unstained butterfly wing showing morphology of single free scales (450x)
    Technique: Transmitted Light
  • Twelfth Prize

    12th Prize - Alyce Eisenhouer

    Richford, Vermont, USA
    Specimen: Unicolor E-6 bleach crystals (50x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Thirteenth Prize

    13th Prize - W. William Nash

    Pomona, California, USA
    Specimen: Etched silicon, single crystal (100x)
    Technique: Incident Light with Nomarski Differential Contrast
  • Fourteenth Prize

    14th Prize - Susan M. Daley

    Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, New York, USA
    Specimen: Muscle tissue in tongue (40x)
    Technique: Brightfield Illumination
  • Fifteenth Prize

    15th Prize - Lisa R. Grillone

    New York University - New York, New York, USA
    Specimen: Exquisetum root (20x)
    Technique: Darkfield Illumination
  • Sixteenth Prize

    16th Prize - John E. Turner

    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Pollen grains of Oenothera biennis mounted in glycerin jelly with methyl green stain (50x)
    Technique: Darkfield Illumination
  • Seventeenth Prize

    17th Prize - James W. Fontaine

    University of Rhode Island - Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA
    Specimen: Crystal of neutral red dye precipated on fungal zoospore in sea water (100x)
    Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast
  • Eighteenth Prize

    18th Prize - Scott Mitchener

    San Carlos, California, USA
    Specimen: Slide from small section of another slide. Finger holding grass (x not recorded)
    Technique: Interference (Hoffman prism) with Polarized Light
  • Nineteenth Prize

    19th Prize - Gerald W. Tonkovich

    Springfield, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Resorcinol crystals heated and cooled quickly to recrystalize (160x)
    Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast
  • Twentieth Prize

    20th Prize - Steve Downing

    University of Minnesota - Duluth, Minnesota, USA
    Specimen: Thread unwinding from thread cell isolated from the slime gland of a hagfish (63x)
    Technique: Rheinberg Illumination

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