Abbé Refractometer

Abbé Refractometer

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Description
Warren P. Valentine began making refractometers when World War I limited the import of European instruments into the United States. By 1920 the National Bureau of Standards reported that Valentine's Precision Refractometer was “the most accurate Abbé refractometer we have so far tested.”
In 1928, Valentine received the Edward Longstreth Medal of the Franklin Institute in “consideration of the meritorious work shown in the improvement of the mechanical and optical parts of the Abbé refractometer, thereby increasing its accuracy.”
This example is marked “VALENTINE REFRACTOMETER NO. 591 INDUSTRO-SCIENTIFIC CO. PHILADELPHIA.” The National Bureau of Standards transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1965.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
refractometer
maker
Valentine, Warren P.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Measurements
overall: 9 3/4 in x 16 5/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 24.765 cm x 42.2275 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
PH.326622
catalog number
326622
accession number
261654
Credit Line
National Bureau of Standards
subject
Chemistry
National Bureau of Standards
Franklin Institute
World War I
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