Galvanometer designed by Lord Kelvin

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Galvanometer designed by Lord Kelvin

This portable galvanometer was made by Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin of Largs and his business partner, James White in Glasgow. It is a delicate and sensitive instrument to measure small electric currents.

Portable galvanometer in case with series resistances and switch, made by Kelvin and James White Ltd, Glasgow

Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin of Largs, 1824-1907, contributed much to the study of electricity, magnetism and heat. He designed several scientific instruments and worked to establish international electrical units and standards.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-987-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1949.2
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: 6.50" x 5.50" x 5.25" closed
What: Galvanometer, portable / case
Subject: 8. ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, Installation (Departmental Classification)
22. PHYSICS, Magnetism and Electricity (Departmental Classification)
Who: Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson) (scientist and inventor)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
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