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Compound microscope

Date

ca. 1810

Creator

William Cary (1759-1825, British), Instrument maker

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height: 152mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Description

Aerial view of a compound non-achromatic microscope with fittings including hand held lenses with a turned ivory handle, in a mahogany case.

A compound microscope has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece. William Cary designed this model for portability.

Object history

This microscope belonged to natural philosopher Henry Baker FRS (1698-1774).

The donation is recorded in the Royal Society’s Council Minutes: ‘Reported that the gift by Mr J K Baker of a box microscope which belonged to his great great grandfather Henry Baker (F.R.S. 1740), from whose bequest the Bakerian Leccture originated. The microscope was displayed at the meeting of Council.’ Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, v.20 1957-1961, minute 47, meeting 12 October 1961, p.634.

Associated place

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