Rain gauge designed by Luke Howard, c. 1818

Made:
1818
maker:
Richard & George Knight
designer:
Luke Howard
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Bottle and funnel from Luke Howard's original rain gauge, made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside,

Bottle and funnel from Luke Howard's original rain gauge, made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside,
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Bottle and funnel from Luke Howard's original rain gauge, made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bottle and funnel from Luke Howard's original rain gauge, made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside,
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Rain gauge designed by Luke Howard and made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside, London, c. 1818. The gauge consists of a glass bottle and copper funnel.

This rain gauge, one of the earliest such instruments for measuring rainfall, was commissioned by chemist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard in the early 1800s from Richard and George Knight in Foster Lane, London. Howard described the gauge in his book The Climate of London, first published 1818.

This instrument belonged to Howard’s contemporary and fellow meteorologist Edward Joseph Lowe, who described using a gauge ‘of Mr. Luke Howard’s’ in his Treatise on Atmospheric Phenomena (1846).

Details

Category:
Meteorology
Object Number:
1902-86/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cork, glass and sealing wax
type:
rain-gauge
credit:
Mrs. G.G. Graves.