Atom Model Kit
Atom Model Kit
- This “Fisher Hirschfelder Taylor Atom Model Kit” was designed for creating models of organic molecules. The story began with Joseph Oakland Hirschfelder (1811-1990), a young University of Wisconsin chemist who, in 1937, was studying intermolecular forces in small molecules. Since the German molecular models on the market were expensive, Hirschfelder and the machine shop mechanic in his department created their own models. The Fisher Scientific Co. was selling models of this sort by 1939. An important improvement came a few years later when Hugh Stott Taylor (1890-1974), a professor of chemistry at Princeton University—where Hirschfeld had done his PhD—designed a new snap connector to hold the atoms in place.
- Ref: Hugh S. Taylor, “Construction of Molecular Models,” U.S. Patent 2,308,402 (Jan. 12, 1943), assigned to Research Corporation of New York.
- Eric Francoeur, “The Forgotten Tool: The Design and Use of Molecular Models,” Social Studies of Science 27 (1997): 7-40.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- atom model kit
- date made
- ca 1960
- Fisher Scientific Company
- Associated Place
- United States: New Jersey
- box: 6.9 cm x 39.7 cm x 36.2 cm; 2 23/32 in x 15 5/8 in x 14 1/4 in
- overall: 14 1/4 in x 15 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 36.195 cm x 39.6875 cm x 6.985 cm
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- Medicine and Science: Chemistry
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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