- William Gunn Price, of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, designed an exceptionally successful current meter in 1882, obtained a patent, and asked W. & L. E. Gurley, a large mathematical instrument firm in Troy, N.Y., to undertake commercial production. Following suggestions made by hydrographers who worked with Price’s early meters, Edwin Geary Paul, a mechanic with the U.S. Geological Survey, designed what became known as the Small Price Current Meter. This example is a commercial model manufactured by Gurley.
- Ref: William Gunn Price, “Current Meter,” U.S. Patent 325011 (1885).
- Arthur H. Frazier, William Gunn Price and the Price Current Meters (Washington, D.C., 1967), p. 59.
- Arthur H. Frazier, Water Current Meters in the Smithsonian Collections of the National Museum of History and Technology (Washington, D.C., 1974), pp. 78-87.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- current meter
- W. & L. E. Gurley
- place made
- United States: New York, Troy
- overall: 6 3/16 in x 18 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 15.71625 cm x 46.99 cm x 15.875 cm
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- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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