Catalogue Number: 2176
The College of Optsiologists?
Sub-Category: Published articles
Author: BAKER David
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2013
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Description Of Item: Two pages, being pages 32 and 33 torn from the Optician 11.01.13, of an article of the history in the UK of deciding the name by which the profession of optometry should be known.
Historical Significance: This short article has a Table listing the names considered by the British Optical Association Nomenclature Committee in 1903, one of which was 'Optologist'. Another 'Optometrist', which was in wide use in the USA at the time, was rejected by the committee as having too narrow a meaning (=measure sight). The Committee recommended 'Ophthalmic Optician', which was to remain in use in the UK until 1987. In that year the 'College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)' dropped its clumsy have-it-both-ways name in favour of 'Optometrists'. In Australia, the name 'optometrist' was adopted in 1920 when the Australian Optometrci Assocation was formed although it took until the 1970s for the name 'optician' to fall into disuse.
How Acquired: Donated by Dr Adrian Bruce, member of the College
Date Acquired: Jan 2013
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 6