Galton's whistle, in case with two glass panels

Galton's whistle, in case with two glass panels (Galton whistle)

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Galton's whistle in crude wooden storage case which also contains 2 glass panels, one marked 'Sifflet de Galton' and a table of numbers, no maker marked

A Galton whistle was used in early physiological laboratories to test the hearing ability of different people. It can produce high pitched sounds at the limit of human hearing. The whistle is named after Francis Galton (1822-1911), who invented it in 1876. Galton was an explorer, meteorologist, statistician, and psychologist and was the first person to apply statistical methods to the study of human differences. He was also a pioneer in the field of eugenics, coining the term itself and the phrase "nature versus nurture”.

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Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1996-277/2
Materials:
brass
Measurements:
overall: 101 mm 19 mm, .06kg
type:
galton whistle
credit:
Royal Holloway & Bedford New College

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Galton whistle

Galton's whistle

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A Galton whistle was used in early physiological laboratories to test the hearing ability of different people. It can produce high pitched sounds at the limit of human hearing. The whistle is named after Francis Galton (1822-1911), who invented it in 1876. Galton was an explorer, meteorologist, statistician, and psychologist and was the first person to apply statistical methods to the study of human differences. He was also a pioneer in the field of eugenics, coining the term itself and the phrase "nature versus nurture”.

Measurements:
overall: 102 mm 18 mm, 0.056 kg
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy)
Object Number:
1996-277/2/1
type:
galton whistle
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.
Two glass panels, a numbers table and one marked 'Sifflet de Galton'

Two glass panels, a numbers table and one marked 'Sifflet de Galton'

2 glass slides, one marked 'Sifflet de Galton' and a table of numbers, no maker marked

Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy)
Object Number:
1996-277/2/2
type:
galton whistle
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum