Optics of contact lenses

Catalogue Number: 1245
Optics of contact lenses
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: BENNETT Arthur G
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1949
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Paper blue-green wrappers, 81 pages, numerous diagrams in text, seven chapters and 4 appendices of tables and model calculations Letterhead of Victorian College of Optometry pasted inside front cover acknowledging the donation by Coles and Garard. Date stamp of Victorian College of Optometry 7 Dec 1977 on title page. Library labels on front cover and inside back cover
Historical Significance: This is a pioneering text since contact lenses did not begin to be commonly prescribed for the correction of refractive errors until plastic corneal lenses were devised in 1948.This book went to several further editions 1956, 1963, 1966 and 1985. Bennett also published Clinical Visual Optics 1989. Arthur Bennett(1912-1994) studied optometry at Northampton Polytechnic Institute 1932-5 before joining Willesdon Optical Company as a spectacle lens worker. By 1945 he had joined the technical staff of Stigmat Ltd, partly it seems due that company's intention to manufacture contact lenses, where he stayed until 1951. His interests included telescopic units for the partially sighted and aspheric lenses. He first became a part-time lecturer in 1937 and a full-time senior lecturer at City University in 1962. In 1947 he redesigned an offset zonal scleral contact lens. and was the pioneer of British (BS) Standards on ophthalmic lenses. He wrote over 200 papers and seven books. With Ron Rabbetts he co-wrote the classic Clinical Visual Optics and, as an historian, edited the first English translation of Isaac Barrow's 17th century Lectiones Opticae in 1987.
How Acquired: Donated by Coles and Garrard, a well known firm of optometrists in Melbourne in the 20th C
Condition: Fair
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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