An essay on binocular vision

Catalogue Number: 2460
An essay on binocular vision
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: CHARNWOOD John Roby Benson, 2nd baron Charnwood
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1964 (Reprint)
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hafner Publishing Company
Description Of Item: Hardback, original grey cloth, 235 x 155 mm, 117 pages with black and white diagrams in text, bibliography and index.
Historical Significance: Not many members of the British aristocracy are or were opticians. Lord Charnwood may be the only one. John Benson Charnwood (1901-55) was second baron of Charnwood, son of Godfrey Benson, (1864-1945) 1st baron of Charnwood, an author, academic, politician and philanthropist who was raised to the peerage as Baron Charnwood, of Castle Donington in the County of Leicester in 1911. When the UK bill for the registration reached the House of Lords on July 5 1954 and Lord Charnwood the 2nd baron rose to say 'My Lords, I venture to address your Lordships on this topic because I am myself an optician, though I practise as my noble friend on the other side of the Chamber would wish: I do not sell spectacles, I only test eyes. I also wish to urge Her Majesty's Government to bring in a Bill on the lines of the Report. I read the Report when it came out, and I have read it again since, and I agree with every word of it. I think it offers the best and the most just compromise which can be obtained. It was no small achievement to bring in a unanimous Report, and this one represents the highest common denominator of the general and professional views of those concerned. Any representations made subsequently to the Ministry strike me as being backstairs lobbying. The suggested Bill would be for the protection of the public. It is of the false security of an inadequate eye examination that I wish to speak. I am an examiner for one of the qualifying bodies. .....' He held the FBOA diploma with honours and this monograph began as his thesis for honours, See Hindsight 2000; 31(1) p 6 for a biography. URL scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/hindsight/article/.../4063/3709. This book was published in 1950. This copy is a 1964 reprint/
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Date Acquired: August 2014
Condition: Good except for old library stickers and markings
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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