Snapshot: From the Office of Michael Edidin

By kvitare1@johnshopkins.edu

Photo of Michael Edidin in his office with antique watches.

I collect watches made by the Tobias family of England during the 19th century. The history of who bought and sold them is fascinating. There is something intrinsically beautiful about antique watches.”
Michael Edidin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology

Although Edidin is perhaps best known for an experiment leading to the discovery that membranes are fluid structures in which component molecules are in constant and rapid motion, what many of his colleagues and former students don’t know is that he is an avid collector of antique watches. The timepieces adorn his office and home, and Edidin lectures and writes scholarly articles about them.

Close-up photo of Edidin's collection of antique pocket watches.