Fresnel Apparatus

Augustin Fresnel (1788-1827) was a French physicist who, in 1821, announced that compressed glass causes double refraction of light passing through it, thus behaving in this regard as unstressed Iceland spar. This device demonstrates that phenomenon. The “J. Duboscq-Soleil / rue de l’Odeon 21 / à Paris” signature refers to Jules Duboscq, an instrument maker who apprenticed with J. B. F. Soleil, and used the “Duboscq-Soleil” signature for a brief period around 1850.
Ref: J. Duboscq, , Catalogue Systématique des Appareils D'Optique (Paris, 1870), p. 23.
Maison Jules Duboscq, Historique & Catalogue de tous les Instruments d’Optique Supérieure Appliqués aux Sciences et à l’Industrie (Paris, 1885), p. 73.
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Object Name
fresnel apparatus
date made
ca 1850
Duboscq, Jules
overall: 21 in x 26 1/2 in; 53.34 cm x 67.31 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
University of Virginia

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