Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister, United Kingdom, 1860-1877

Made:
1860-1877 in United Kingdom
Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister, United Kingdom, 1860-1877 (wine glass)

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Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
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Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister

Glassware of the type that fills laboratories today was rare in Joseph Lister’s time (1827-1912). Lister would have used glassware from his kitchen for his microbiological experiments on blood and urine. In the 1870s, he found that samples of blood and urine stored in uncovered glasses decomposed. He concluded that something in the air caused decomposition, rather than the air alone. The wine glass is shown here with similar examples.

Details

Category:
Microbiology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A629469
Materials:
glass
Measurements:
overall: 105 mm 54 mm, .06kg
type:
wine glass