Spectrometer

Description
This is a research quality spectrometer with horizontal circle 25.5 cm diameter, divided to 1/12 degrees, and read by microscopes and verniers. The “SOCIETE GENEVOISE / Pour la Construction ‘D’Instruments de Physique / GENEVE” inscription refers to a firm that, since its founding in 1862, has supplied sophisticated apparatus to laboratories around the world.
This instrument was purchased for the Mary Frances Searles science building at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me. This imposing building, dedicated in 1894, symbolized the importance of the natural sciences within an American liberal education.
Ref: Société Genevoise, Illustrated Price List of Physical and Mechanical Instruments (Geneva, 1900), pp. 87-88.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spectrometer
date made
1890s
maker
Societe Genevoise
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
aluminum (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 1/2 in x 34 19/32 in x 15 in; 49.53 cm x 87.884 cm x 38.1 cm
place made
Schweiz: Genève, Geneva
ID Number
1992.0477.08
catalog number
92.477.08
accession number
1992.0477
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Optics
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Optics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bowdoin College

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