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Powell & Lealand microscope

Date

ca. 1843

Creator

Hugh Powell (1798-1883, British ), Instrument maker

Object type

Material

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Description

A compound microscope manufactured by Hugh Powell (1799-1883) and Peter Lealand.

Object history

In 1842 the Royal Society's Microscope Committee offered a prize of £100 for the best compound achromatic microscope to be delivered to their rooms in Somerset House by May 1843. The prize was awarded in June 1843 to 'Mr Powell', and this is probably the prize-winning instrument.

Associated place

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