Light Colour and Vision

Catalogue Number: 803
Light Colour and Vision
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: LE GRAND, Yves
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1957
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Chapman and Hall Ltd
Description Of Item: Original green dust wrapper, original brown cloth cover, xiii preliminaries, 512 pages, 125 figures in text. Signature of a previous owner on front fly leaf.
Historical Significance: Yves LeGrand (1908-1986) was a prominent French researcher and writer in the field of physiological optics. He wrote a 3 volume text in the French language on physiological optics 'Optique physiologique. Tome premier, La dioptrique de l'oeil et sa correction; Tome II, Lumiere et couleurs; Tome troisieme, L'espace visuel. The first volume was published in 1946 with the later volumes and several editions appearing up to 1972. He was highly regarded in the fields of visual optics and lighting and was awarded the Tillyer medal by the Optical Society of America. He was active in the CIE and was ambitious to be its President but was not so elected when he put his name forward at the 1971 CIE conference in Barcelona. He was the first to propose using interference fringes to measure retinal visual acuity independent of the optics of the eye (See Charman and Simonet Ophthal Physiol Optics 1997; 17: 164-168). This book is Volume 2 of the original French edition was translated to English and was used extensively as a text book in teaching physiological optics to second year optometry students at Melbourne. Volume 3 was also published in English translation. (Cat No 716 and 871)
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum (Abe Books $25)
Date Acquired: May 2008
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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