Catalogue Number: 609
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: GILES, George H.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1955
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: British Optical association
Description Of Item: Original blue card wrapper, 70 pages, frontispiece map and black and white photographs. Reprinted from The Dioptric News. TWO COPIES. COPY 2 is located in Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note
Historical Significance: George Giles OBE was the Secretary of the British Optical Association and in this book reports his tour of the USA. He also toured India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and East Africa to lecture and give advice to optometrists from September 27 to November 26 1955 . He visited Melbourne and the Victorian College of Optometry during the tour when he was made an honorary life member of the VCO (see page 59). See his report of this tour Cat No 104. George Giles OBE FBOA FSMC DOrth (1904-1965) was a prominent figure in UK optometry and was the Secretary of the British Optical Association from 1941-1965). He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Victorian College of Optometry when he visited in 1955. At various times he was Senior Examiner of the BOA; Senior Staff refractionist, Senior Orthoptist and Lecturer at the London Refraction Hospital; consultant to the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College (HMS "Worcester"); Registrar of the Joint Council of Qualified Opticians; Technical Adviser to the London Optical Company; Honorary Secretary of the West and North West London and Middlesex Local Association; member of the General Optical Council; President of the International Optical League; a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry; a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society; Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and an Ernest Aves Medallist. He also qualified as a barrister of Lincoln's Inn. Giles edited the Dioptric Review and The British Journal of Physiological Optics. He co-designed the Giles-Archer Colour Vision Unit and various orthoptic instruments.
How Acquired: Not known
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection