Life-giving light

Catalogue Number: 1030
Life-giving light
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: SHEARD Charles
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1933
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Baltimore
Publisher/Manufacturer: Williams and Wilkins Company
Description Of Item: Original green decorated cloth cover, 174 pages and 5 unnumbered pages, frontispiece and 24 illustrations. Presentation bookplate for Mrs Padman to VCO,
Historical Significance: Charles Sheard is one of the great figures in optometry. He is known for Sheard's criterion for evaluating accommodative convergence relationships and for establishing the first 4 year optometry course at Ohio State University (OSU). He published 9 books and > 65 papers on optometry clinical subjects. He was a physicist, not an optometrist, having obtained his PhD at Princeton University. He went to OSU as an instructor in 1907 and became Professor of Applied Optics responsible for the 2 year optometry course. He argued successfully for the course to be 4 years in 1915. In 1919 went to the American Optical Company and later was Director of Biophysics at the Mayo Clinic from 1924 to1949. See J Opt Soc Amer 1958; 48: 205-6 for a biography.
How Acquired: Donated by Mrs M Padman, widow of Launceston optometrist Eric Padman
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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