University physicists and the origins of the National Physical Laboratory, 1830–1900

@article{Macdonald2018UniversityPA,
  title={University physicists and the origins of the National Physical Laboratory, 1830–1900},
  author={Lee T. Macdonald},
  journal={History of Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={59},
  pages={73 - 92}
}
  • L. Macdonald
  • Published 26 November 2018
  • Physics, Education
  • History of Science
Traditionally, historians have taken it for granted that Britain’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) was created as the result of demands from a “professional” body of university-based physicists for a state-funded scientific institution. Yet paying detailed attention to the history of the NPL’s originating institution, Kew Observatory, shows that the story is not so clear-cut. Starting in the 1850s, Kew Observatory was partly a center for testing meteorological instruments and other… 

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