Penhryn Frances Thomas

Catalogue Number: 1488
Penhryn Frances Thomas
Category: Photographs
Sub-Category: Photograph People and events
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1948
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Sydney
Description Of Item: Black and white photograph of Penhryn Thomas, contact lens pioneer, holding a haptic contact lens, in electronic jpeg fomat only
Historical Significance: Penrhyn Thomas BSc Opt Sc FAAO FIO (1918-2010) was a Sydney optometrist, who qualified in optometry at the Sydney Technical College in 1939 and was one of the pioneers of contact lens practice in Australia. He fitted haptic contact lenses in the 1940s. Later, he designed, produced and marketed his own lens designs and taught many optometrists how to fit contact lenses in the 1950s to the 1970s. See his obituary Clin Exp Optom 2010; 93: 273-275, which is also on this web site under the tab 'People who made history'.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Sim. Perth optometrist, who was provided the image by Pen Thomas' family
Location: Archive computer iPhoto

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