Rowland Diffraction Grating

This concave metal grating probably belonged to Samuel Pierpont Langley, director of the Allegheny Observatory and professor of astronomy at the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh). It probably came to Washington in 1887 when Langley became the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
It is marked "plate polished and corrected by J. A. Brashear Pittsburgh, Mar. 1886 Radius 64 Ruled by Schneider on Rowland engine Johns Hopkins University April 1886 - lines to in temp-".
Currently not on view
Object Name
diffraction grating
date made
Rowland, Henry A.
Brashear, John A.
overall: 4 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 7 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 17.145 cm x 19.685 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

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