- In the late 1880s, a German meteorologist named Adolph Richard Assmann designed an aspiration instrument with a fan to draw air past the wet- and dry-bulb thermometers of a common psychrometer. Assmann also enclosed the device in double-walled ducts of polished metal designed to minimize the effect of radiation. This form long remained in widespread use.
- The clockwork housing of this example is marked "R. Fuess / Berlin-Steglitz / No. 189500." The back side of the thermometer scales are marked "CENTIGRADE R. FUESS, BERLIN-STEGLITZ JENAER Normaliglas 16111."
- Ref: R. Fuess, Liste D2 über Thermometer, Psychrometer, Hygrometer und Hypsometer (Steglitz bei Berlin, 1910), p. 6.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- aspiration psychrometer
- date made
- after 1891
- R. Fuess
- overall: 16 3/4 in; 42.545 cm
- overall: 5 3/8 in x 16 5/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 13.6525 cm x 42.2275 cm x 13.335 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Freer Gallery of Art
- See more items in
- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Measuring & Mapping
- Thermometers and Hygrometers
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.