Thermopile used to measure heat production, England, 1930-1940

Made:
1930-1940 in England
maker:
Unknown

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From the top: 1989-158, Thermopile for measurement of nerve heat production, associated with A.V. Hill, originally made
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Thermopile for measurement of nerve heat production, associated with A.V. Hill, originally made 1930-1940, English, modified 1950-1960

Thermopiles are scientific instruments used to measure small changes in heat. They were used by Archibald V Hill (1886-1977), a British physiologist studying the heat produced by nerves and muscles when they are stimulated. The heat produced by muscles and nerves is recorded using a galvanometer. Hill studied heat and energy exchanges from the 1910s onwards, discovering that heat is produced by nerves and becoming one of the founders of the field of biophysics in the process. The thermopile is shown here with two similar examples (1989-157 and 1989-162).

Details

Category:
Laboratory Medicine
Object Number:
1989-158
Materials:
metal, paxolin
type:
thermopile
credit:
University College London, Dept. of Physiology
status:
Permanent collection

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