Hipp Chronoscope

Hipp Chronoscope

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Description
A chronoscope is a sophisticated clock that measures minute intervals of time. The one is the form designed by Matthäus Hipp, a German clockmaker who settled in Switzerland during the political turmoil of 1848. The “Peyer, Favarger et Cie. / Neuchatel, Suisse / N. 13482” inscription on the dial refers to the name of the firm following Hipp’s retirement in 1889.
Wilhelm Wundt, an influential professor at the University of Leipzig, recommended the use of Hipp chronoscopes for psychological and physiological experiments in his textbook, Grundzüge der physiologischen Psychologie (1874). As American academics began following Wundt’s work, chronoscopes were found on campuses across the country. This one comes from Cornell University, home of one of the largest and most productive American graduate programs in the field.
Ref: Thomas Schraven, “The Hipp Chronoscope,” http://vlp.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/documents/schraven_art13.pdf
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Currently not on view
Object Name
Chronoscope
chronoscope
Other Terms
Chronoscope; Diagnostic Medicine
used at
Cornell University
maker
Peyer, Favarger et Cie
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal, brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 in x 10 5/8 in x 9 in; 53.34 cm x 26.9875 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 53.5 cm x 27.3 cm x 21.8 cm; 21 1/16 in x 10 3/4 in x 8 9/16 in
ID Number
MG.300427.002
catalog number
300427.002
accession number
300427
Credit Line
Cornell University Department of Psychology
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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