Hipp Chronoscope

Hipp Chronoscope

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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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Chronoscope; Diagnostic Medicine
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Cornell University
Peyer, Favarger et Cie
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal, brass (overall material)
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
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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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