Specimens entered into the 16th annual Small World contest ranged from marine parasites to integrated circuits, brain cells, precious minerals, and even a horse's hoof. Judging the contest were: Martin L. Scott (Scientific Imaging), Arch V. Manzione (United Technologies), Frederick C. Skvara (John F. Kennedy Medical Center), and William R. West (Carolina Biological Supply).

1990 Contest Prize Winners

  • First Prize

    1st Prize - Richard H. Lee

    Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Crystals evaporated from solution of magnesium sulfate and tartaric acid (50x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Second Prize

    2nd Prize - Ulrich Büttner

    Daimler Benz AG - Ulm, Germany
    Specimen: Pits on a mono crystalline silicon surface (200x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast and Polarized Light
  • Third Prize

    3rd Prize - Peter C. Dartsch

    Institute Of Physiology I - Tübingen, Germany
    Specimen: Stress fibers in smooth muscle cells (125x)
    Technique: Epi-fluorescence
  • Fourth Prize

    4th Prize - John I. Koivula

    Gemological Institute of America - Santa Monica, California, USA
    Specimen: Thin slab of Brazilian agate (12x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Fifth Prize

    5th Prize - Wutian Wu

    Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology - Eastern Virginia Medical School - Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Specimen: Double exposure of rat hypothalamus showing locus of the mammalian biological clock (10x)
    Technique: Brightfield and Darkfield
  • Sixth Prize

    6th Prize - Ron Sturm

    Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. - Skokie, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Crystal growth patterns from an anionic surfactant (10x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Seventh Prize

    7th Prize - M.I. (Spike) Walker

    Microworld Services - Penkridge, Staffordshire, England
    Specimen: Ascorbic acid crystallized (10x)
    Technique: Rheinberg Illumination
  • Eighth Prize

    8th Prize - Christian Gautier

    JACANA, Agence de Presse - Paris, France
    Specimen: Transversal section of horse's hoof (30x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Ninth Prize

    9th Prize - Michael W. Davidson

    Center for Materials Research and Technology - Florida State University - Tallahassee, Florida, USA
    Specimen: Stair-step twinning on superconductor substrate wafer cut from single LaA103 crystal (10x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Tenth Prize

    10th Prize - Norman J. Barker

    Department of Pathology, School of Medicine - Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Specimen: Flourescien crystals (40x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Eleventh Prize

    11th Prize - Alejandro Andreatta

    Engineering Materials Department - University of California - Santa Barbara, California, USA
    Specimen: Melted sugar quenched in liquid nitrogen (50x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Twelfth Prize

    12th Prize - Nancy L. Kedersha

    ImmunoGen, Inc. - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Specimen: Triple exposure of rat glia culture (400x)
    Technique: Fluorescence
  • Thirteenth Prize

    13th Prize - David A. Smith

    Victoria Point, Queensland, Australia
    Specimen: Bubbles near surface of a ceramic glaze (26x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Fourteenth Prize

    14th Prize - Alejandro Andreatta

    Engineering Materials Department - University of California - Santa Barbara, California, USA
    Specimen: Recrystallized naphthalene (50x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Fifteenth Prize

    15th Prize - Joaquin Carrillo-Farga

    Department of Histology - National University of Mexico - University City, Mexico
    Specimen: Growth cartilage (120x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Sixteenth Prize

    16th Prize - Karl E. Deckart

    Eckental-Eschenau, Germany
    Specimen: Section of integrated circuit (10x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Seventeenth Prize

    17th Prize - M.I. (Spike) Walker

    Microworld Services - Penkridge, Staffordshire, England
    Specimen: Sulphur and hydroxyline crystals (12.5x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Eighteenth Prize

    18th Prize - Marc Van Hove

    Centexbel - Gent, Belgium
    Specimen: Loop-side of a barbed tape (10x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Nineteenth Prize

    19th Prize - Homaune Razavi

    Monsanto - St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Specimen: Alignment defects in thermotropic liquid crystals (100x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Twentieth Prize

    20th Prize - Kenneth L. Tiekotter

    Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center - Portland, Oregon, USA
    Specimen: Marine parasite microcotyle sebastis (135x)
    Technique: Brightfield

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