Optical Measuring Instruments. Their Construction, Theory, and Use

Catalogue Number: 1705
Optical Measuring Instruments. Their Construction, Theory, and Use
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: MARTIN Louis Claude
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1924
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Blackie and Son Ltd
Description Of Item: Original dark blue cloth cover, 270 pages and advertising leaf, 172 black and white figures in text. Old library stamp for Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry
Historical Significance: Martin FRAS, DSc, ARCS, DIC (1891-1981) was Professor of Technical Optics in the Department of Physics in the Imperial College of Science and Technology London 1944-1951. The Department of Physics had its origins in the teaching of Mechanical Science at the Government School of Mines and Science (later the Royal School of Mines) which opened in 1851. In 1853 Applied Mechanics and Experimental Physics were taught at the School. After 1872 Physics, Chemistry and Natural History were transferred to South Kensington. Astronomy was taught from 1882, with the first Professor of Astronomical Physics being appointed in 1887. In 1911 a Department and Committee for Technical Optics was established, which in 1918 separated from the Department of Physics. By 1926, the department had become a postgraduate section of the Department of Physics, and later became the Applied Optics Section. Martin devised a lantern test for colour vision in 1939, known as the Martin Lantern (British Journal of Ophthalmology 1939;23:1-20; doi:10.1136/bjo.23.1.1) and worked in the same Department as did Professor WD Wright, who is famous for his research on normal and abnormal colour vision. See books by same author Cat Nos 1010 and 1011
How Acquired: Donated by Peter Dwyer
Date Acquired: Nov 2010
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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