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Gustav Bucky was a German physicist and radiologist, best known for his work with scattered x-rays which was improved upon by Hollis E. Potter and later came to be known as the Bucky-Potter grid. He also worked with Albert Einstein to patent a “light intensity self-adjusting camera.”

Frida Sarson-Bucky wrote musical scores, poems, and stories for children. She married Gustav Bucky in 1910. The Bucky family emigrated to the United States in 1923, settling in New York City. They returned to Germany for a brief time in 1930 before escaping persecution and moving back to the USA in 1933.

Peter Bucky was a radiologist and author, the son of Gustav Bucky. Peter wrote "The Private Albert Einstein" based on his conversations and interactions with Einstein himself and his father's friendship with him.

Helen Dukas was Albert Einstein's personal secretary.

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Albert Einstein with Gustav Bucky, Frida Sarsen-Bucky, Peter Bucky, Helen Dukas, and a dog, Leo Baeck Institute, F 5368B.