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Goniometer

Goniometer

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Description
William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828), an English chemist, invented the reflecting goniometer in 1809. This example probably belonged to Charles Nicoll Bancker (1777-1869), a Philadelphia insurance executive whose splendid collection of philosophical apparatus was purchased for the Stevens Institute of Technology. The “W. & S. JONES, Holborn, London” inscription refers to an instrument firm that was in business from 1791 to 1859.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Goniometer
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in; 10.795 cm x 11.43 cm x 14.605 cm
overall: 5 1/2 in x 4 in x 4 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
1993.0087.02
catalog number
1993.0087.02
accession number
1993.0087
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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