Galton Whistle

Galton Whistle

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In 1876 an English scientist named Francis Galton introduced a whistle for testing the upper limits of audible sound in different persons. Max Thomas Edelmann, a physicist and instrument maker in Munich, improved the form in 1900. The inscriptions on this example read “EDELMANN / MUNICH” and “2092”.
Max Thomas Edelmann (1845-1913) began in business in 1870. The firm became Prof. Dr. M. Th. Edelmann & Sohn in 1899. Max Edelmann (1874-1940) became director of the firm in 1913.
Ref: “The Galton Whistle,” Science 12 (1900): 613.
Physikalisch-mechanischen Institut von Prof. Dr. M. Th. Edelmann & Sohn, Die Edelmannschen Grenzpfeifen (Galtonpfeifen) von D. M. Edelmann (Munich, 1921).
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Whistle; Diagnostic Medicine
date made
around 1900
Edelmann, H.
Edelmann, Max Thomas
place made
Germany: Bavaria, Munich
overall: 14.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 28 cm; 5 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 11 in
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Cornell University Department of Psychology
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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