Albert Abraham Michelson was born in Germany in 1853. Michelson came to California with his parents in the 1850s. He was appointed by U.S. Grant to attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was the first American physicist to win a Nobel prize. As a hobby, he painted watercolors. He retired to Pasadena in 1925 and died there on May 9, 1931.
Exh: Pasadena Art Inst., 1931.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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