Paul Duckert (1900-1966) was a German meteorologist who began working at the Lindenberg Aeronautical Observatory in 1921 and flew a radiosonde of his own design in 1930. This German made, Duckert style radiosonde dates from 1932. Withing the clear plastic cover and aluminum frame there is a vacuum tube transmitter, a toothed wheel switch actuated by a Bourdon tube (also the pressure element), and a bimetallic temperature element. The National Bureau of Standards transferred this to the Smithsonian in 1950. The inscription reads "NBS no. 0203."

Ref: John L. DuBois, Invention and Development of the Radiosonde with a Catalog of Upper-Atmospheric Telemetering Probes in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., 2002), pp. 34-40.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.313527Catalog Number: 313527Accession Number: 188571

Object Name: radiosonde

Measurements: overall: 12 in x 3 3/8 in x 7 3/8 in; 30.48 cm x 8.5725 cm x 18.7325 cmoverall: 12 1/16 in x 3 in x 7 7/8 in; 30.63875 cm x 7.62 cm x 20.0025 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167616

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