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Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) was a Japanese bacteriologist who moved to the U.S. in 1900 to work with Simon Flexner at the University of Pennsylvania. A few years later, having gone with Dr. Flexner to the newly-established Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York, Dr. Noguchi used this microscope to study of the causal agent of syphilis.
This is a compound monocular with coarse and fine focus, triple nosepiece, large circular stage covered with vulcanite, trunnion, Abbé illuminating apparatus, black horseshoe base, and wooden box with extra lenses. The “CARL ZEISS / JENA” logo, introduced in 1904, appears on the tube. The serial number is 51900.
Ref: Eimer & Amend, Microscopes and Microscopical Accessories (Jena, 1902), pp. 50-51.
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Other Terms
microscope; Monocular; Compound
date made
Noguchi, Hideyo
Zeiss, Carl
place made
Germany: Thuringia, Jena
associated place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
black (overall color)
average spatial: 31 cm x 14.5 cm x 17.8 cm; 12 3/16 in x 5 11/16 in x 7 in
average spatial: 37.4 cm x 20.6 cm x 20.8 cm; 14 3/4 in x 8 1/8 in x 8 3/16 in
overall, scope only: 13 1/2 in x 6 in x 7 1/4 in; 34.29 cm x 15.24 cm x 18.415 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Rockefeller Institute through Dr. Detlev W. Bronk, President
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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