(born 1974, Solothurn), PhD, is a Swiss molecular biologist who uses his microscope to probe the tiniest enclaves of nature, taking his sharp eye for beauty to the nanoscale. Styling himself as a Micronaut—explorer of invisible worlds—Oeggerli creates incredible microscopic photographs using a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and post-processing coloration.
Oeggerli has a background in cancer research, but mainly worked as science photographer over the past 10 years. His work has been featured in BBC, Nature, Vogue, and most prominently, National Geographic. In 2012, the scientific journal Nature published an interview-article on Micronaut’s career. Following two iconic CELL covers by Micronaut within 12 months, CELL also produced two interviews (2018 and 2020), and asked Micronaut to create his own CELL Picture Show (2018). Most recently, CELL published a comic about the artist’s daily life (2020). Micronaut is a member of ‚The Photo Society‘ which represents the ‚Who is Who‘ in Photojournalism and Special Photography.
Image: © Pablo Wünsch-Blanco (2019)
- read Micronaut’s biography and find related links on National Geographic.com
- Micronaut’s portfolio at ‘The Photo Society’ (i.e. the ‘Club of Contributing Photographers to National Geographic’)
- Crosstalk interview article ‚Meet Micronaut – Explorer of invisible worlds‘ by CELL press
- Micronaut-Picture Show published by CELL press
- ‚Turning Point‘ – review article about Micronaut published by Nature
- download CV Martin Oeggerli (PDF)