image CLP_2_15_004
Image number: RS.15270
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Microscope using a globule of water

Date

29 January 1696

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p7

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 303mm
width (page): 193mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Content object

Description

Diagram explaining the optical principles of a microscope using a globule of water. Stephen Gray's design of such a microscope was printed in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 19, no. 221 (1696).

Transcription

Proposition the first. At what Distance the lenses of a sphericule of water an object must be placed to be seen distinctly
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

29 January 1696, 'Mr [Matthias] Gray of Canterbury having communicated a paper of his brother [Stephen], containing a contrivance for making a microscope with a globule of water, whereby animals or any other substances if contained therein, might be seen magnified as the best microscopes, it was ordered that the experiment thereof be tried before the Society' (JBO/9/211).

Related Fellows

Stephen Gray (1666-2015, British), Astronomer

Associated place

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