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Image number: RS.11777
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Electrical spark experiment

Date

1884

Creator

Arthur T. Stanton (d.1898, British), Physicist

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Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 65mm
width (print): 61mm

Subject

Description

Experiment showing glow effects and dark intervals within a glass bulb of a type used in an experiment with electrical sparks. Intended to continue observations by Mr Hittorf, who had developed a bulb containing two electrodes in close proximity, Arthur Schuster repeated the work with more distantly spaced poles.

Additional print of figure 6, plate 4, from the manuscript version of the paper ‘Experiments on the discharge of electricity through gases. Sketch of a theory’, by Arthur Schuster, Proceedings of the Royal Society, vol.37 (1884), pp.317-339. The published version appeared as the Bakerian Lecture for 1884.

Inscribed in ink verso: ‘Schuster’. The image has pencil additions to help the engraver to visualise the glass bulb and electrodes

Sir Arthur Schuster [formerly Franz Arthur Friedrich] (1851-1934) German-born British physicist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1879.

Arthur T. Stanton (d.1898) acted as Arthur Schuster’s experimental assistant at the University of Manchester.

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