image ms_166_17
Image number: RS.11498
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Electrometers

Date

ca.1910

Creator

Albert Edgar Gendle (1886-1923, British), Meteorologist

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 150mm
width (print): 194mm
height (paper support): 202mm
width (paper support): 253mm

Subject

Content object

Description

Two instruments, captioned ‘Moving-Coil Galvanometer. Mr. Walker’s Electrograph’.

A text accompanying the illustration states that the Walker instrument ‘is a Quadrant Electrometer…no battery is required. By making the quadrants of different metals – copper and zinc – in contact, a difference of electric potential is obtained straightaway.’

Eskdalemuir Observatory was constructed in 1904 to make geomagnetic and other observations. It was sufficiently remote (located near Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) to be free from electrical interference. Many of the instruments had originally been located at Kew Observatory

Albert Edgar Gendle (1886-1923) was Clerk Assistant to the Eskdalemuir Observatory until 1913, having worked as a boy at Kew Observatory. He then joined the Meteorological Office before becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Air Force in 1919. He was killed near Baghdad, Iraq, in 1923.

Associated place

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