Hough Recording Barometer

Hough Recording Barometer

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George Washington Hough (1836-1909) was an astronomer who served as director of the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York, from 1862 to 1874, and as director of the Dearborn Observatory in Chicago from 1879 until his death.
While at the Dudley Observatory, Hough devised a recording thermometer, a recording barometer, and an anemograph. These remnants of a Hough recording barometer came from the Dearborn Observatory.
Ref: W. E. K. Middleton, Catalog of Meteorological Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology (Washington, D.C., 1969), pp. 22-23.
“The Registering Barometer and Thermometer,” New York Daily Tribune (Feb. 17, 1866), p. 9.
“George Washington Hough,” The Astrophysical Journal 30 (1909): 68.
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Object Name
Recording Barometer
overall: case: 41 in x 42 in x 19 in; 104.14 cm x 106.68 cm x 48.26 cm
overall: barometer: 75 in x 24 3/4 in x 42 in; 190.5 cm x 62.865 cm x 106.68 cm
overall: glass tube: 3/4 in x 4 in x 46 3/8 in; 1.905 cm x 10.16 cm x 117.7925 cm
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Dearborn Observatory, Northwestern University
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