Fermentation Tube


Theobald Smith (1859-1934), an epidemiologist then working at the Bureau of Animal Industry, introduced this type of glass tube for studying fermentation and gas production in 1893.

Ref: Theobald Smith, “Fermentation Tube with Special Reference to Anaerobiosis and Gas Production among Bacteria,” Wilder Quarter Century Book (Ithaca, N.Y., 1893): 187-233.

Eimer & Amend, Revised and Enlarged Catalogue of Bacteriological Apparatus (New York, 1907), p. 101.

Arthur H. Thomas, Laboratory Apparatus and Reagents (Philadelphia, 1914), p. 209.

Hans Zinsser, “Biographical Memoir of Theobald Smith,” Reviews of Infectious Diseases 9 (1987): 636-654.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Barbara A. Keppel

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0311.237Catalog Number: 1985.0311.237Accession Number: 1985.0311

Object Name: Fermentation Tube

Measurements: overall: 108 mm x 57 mm; 4 1/4 in x 2 1/4 inoverall: 4 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 11.43 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e9e4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1050

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