Kipp Gas Generator

Kipp Gas Generator

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Petrus Jacobus Kipp (1808–1864) was a Dutch pharmacist who, in 1844, published designs for two simple gas generators that were blown for him by the master German glassblower Heinrich Geissler (1814–1879). The second of the two became the Kipp gas generator. His company, Kipp & Zonen, is still in business today, selling solar and scientific instruments.
The "KIMAX" inscription indicates that this example is made of the borosilicate glass tht the Kimble Glass Co. introduced in 1956.
Ref: “History - Kipp & Zonen,”
Homburg, Ernst. “The Story behind the Name 4: Kipp’s Apparatus.” Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Newsletter, 2001.
Sella, Andrea. “Classic Kit: Kipp’s Apparatus,” Chemistry World (November 2007).
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Object Name
Kipp Generator
Kimble Glass Company
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 46 cm x 20 cm; 18 1/8 in x 7 7/8 in
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Credit Line
Gift of McKinley Sr. High School
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National Museum of American History
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