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Dr. Gary Lee Greenberg PhD microscopist Photograper microscope art photos

Gary Greenberg is a scientist, author, teacher and photographer who combines his passion for art and science by exploring the hidden dimensions of nature.

The secrets of nature are visible everywhere. Yet, they remain secrets until they are revealed. Greenberg has been using his special microscopes to create spectacular images of worlds beyond our everyday perception - worlds where reality is seen as abstract form and color, motion and texture.

For Greenberg, art is a doorway through which we can more deeply embrace nature. His mission is to reveal the beauty of the microscopic landscape that makes up our everyday world.

The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.

Doctor Gary Greenberg ph.D. sand grains sandgrains artist photographer inventor edge 3D microscopeAfter graduating UCLA, Greenberg became photographer and filmmaker, at the age of 33 he moved from Los Angeles to London to earn a Ph.D. in developmental biology from University College London. Dr. Greenberg was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California during the 1980’s. During the 1990’s he invented and developed high-definition, three-dimensional light microscopes, for which he was issued 19 US patents. He was the founder of Edge-3D, LLC, where he develops innovative 3D imaging devices for research and industry.

Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history. Dr. Greenberg photographed moon sand returned from NASA’s Apollo 11 Mission and his 3D technology is being used for a new microscope being built for the International Space Station.


Gary L. Greenberg, Ph.D.
PO Box 792169
Paia, Hawaii 96779

Undergraduate Education:
UCLA (Psychology/Art)

Doctoral Education:
University College London, University of London
(Anatomy and Developmental Biology)

Postdoctoral Fellowship:
University of Southern California
(Developmental Biology)

Assistant Professor:
University of Southern California (1980’s)

Research Affiliate:
University of Hawaii Institute for Astonomy (2009 - Present)
Advanced Technology Research Center (Pukalani, Maui)

19 US patents for microscope devices and methods

CEO, Edge-3D, LLC Development and manufacturing of 3D imaging systems

Given over 50 major lectures world-wide


A Grain of Sand: Nature’s Secret Wonder, Voyageur Press, 2008
The Secrets of Sand, Voyageur Press, 2015 (Authors: Gary Greenberg, Carol Keily & Kate Clover)

Online Articles:

Yahoo News Trending Now artilce about Gary Greenberg's Sandgrains HERE

ABC News article about Gary Greenberg's Sand Grains HERE

Huffington Post artilce about Gary Greenberg's Sand Grains HERE

See "Natures Minaitures", an article about the life and work of the artist, published in Hana Hou, the in-flight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines. Download the PDF HERE

Scientific American online – Sand Grains Slide Show – HERE

Discover Magazine Slide Show - HERE


A Grain of Sand Video - YouTube (low resolution) - Higher Resolution (Download) Please wait while the movie downloads

WCCO News Video - HERE

Dr. Gary Greenberg's Lecture Series Preview video:
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Radio interview:

With Dr. Gary Greenberg and Stacy Keach by Joe Sutton on Heart of Hollywood MP3 HERE

Paia Youth Center Interview MP3 HERE

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