Galton Whistle Calibration Chart


In 1876 an English scientist named Francis Galton introduced a whistle for testing the upper limits of audible sound in different persons. Max Thomas Edelmann, a physicist and instrument maker in Munich, improved the form in 1900. The inscriptions on this chart read “Galton-Pfeife No. 2092” and “Physikalisch-Mechanisches Institut von Prof. M. Th. Edelmann & Sohn in Munchen”.

Max Thomas Edelmann (1845-1913) began in business in 1870. The firm became Prof. Dr. M. Th. Edelmann & Sohn in 1899. Max Edelmann (1874-1940) became director of the firm in 1913.

Ref: “The Galton Whistle,” Science 12 (1900): 613.

Physikalisch-mechanischen Institut von Prof. Dr. M. Th. Edelmann & Sohn, Die Edelmannschen Grenzpfeifen (Galtonpfeifen) von D. M. Edelmann (Munich, 1921).

Used At: Cornell University

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany: Bavaria, Munich

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Cornell University Department of Psychology

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.300427.199Catalog Number: 300427.199Serial Number: 2092Accession Number: 300427

Object Name: Chart, Galton Whistle Calibrationchart

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 33 cm x 21 cm; 13 in x 8 1/4 in


Record Id: nmah_1286841

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