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Charles Wheatstone Collection

Charles Wheatstone was a renowned British inventor and physicist of the 19th century

An engraving depicting a refracting stereoscope: two pictures of Charles Wheatstone taken from slightly different
5310658 An engraving depicting a refracting stereoscope: two pictures of Charles Wheatstone taken from slightly different angles. When placed in the stereoscope they gave a third-dimensional picture

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Portrait of Charles Wheatstone

Portrait of Charles Wheatstone
673273 Portrait of Charles Wheatstone; (add.info.: Sir Charles Wheatstone (6 February 1802 - 19 October 1875), was an English scientist

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: The Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph

The Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph
3585848 The Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph; (add.info.: Illustration of the 'Cooke and Wheatstone Telegraph' an early electrical telegraph system created by William Fothergill Cooke)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's single-needle telegraph. The Cooke

Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's single-needle telegraph. The Cooke
5311588 Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's single-needle telegraph. The Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph was an early electrical telegraph system dating from the 1830s invented by English

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's double-needle telegraph. The Cooke

Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's double-needle telegraph. The Cooke
5311520 Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's double-needle telegraph. The Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph was an early electrical telegraph system dating from the 1830s invented by English

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's single-needle telegraph. The Cooke

Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's single-needle telegraph. The Cooke
5311519 Illustration showing Cooke and Wheatstone's single-needle telegraph. The Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph was an early electrical telegraph system dating from the 1830s invented by English

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Engraving depicting Charles Wheatstone's relay, which enabled the electric telegraph to be used

Engraving depicting Charles Wheatstone's relay, which enabled the electric telegraph to be used over long distances
5309438 Engraving depicting Charles Wheatstone's relay, which enabled the electric telegraph to be used over long distances; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Charles Wheatstone's relay)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Charles Wheatstone, 19th century (engraving)

Charles Wheatstone, 19th century (engraving)
3585845 Charles Wheatstone, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Portrait of Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) an English scientist and inventor during the Victorian Era

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Professor Wheatstones Universal and Military Telegraph (engraving)

Professor Wheatstones Universal and Military Telegraph (engraving)
1612288 Professor Wheatstones Universal and Military Telegraph (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Professor Wheatstones Universal and Military Telegraph)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Charles Wheatstone (engraving)

Charles Wheatstone (engraving)
815884 Charles Wheatstone (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Sir Charles Wheatstone, printers sample for the Worlds Inventors souvenir album (A25

Sir Charles Wheatstone, printers sample for the Worlds Inventors souvenir album (A25) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes, 1888

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Sir Charles Wheatstone, British inventor, (1899). Artist: C Cook

Sir Charles Wheatstone, British inventor, (1899). Artist: C Cook
Sir Charles Wheatstone, British inventor, (1899). Wheatstone (1802-1875) was a pioneer of electric telegraphy. In 1837, he and William Fothergill Cooke patented their five-needle telegraph machine

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Opening of the 1851 London to Paris telegraph link (1852)

Opening of the 1851 London to Paris telegraph link (1852)
Opening of the 1851 London to Paris telegraph link. Instrument room at the Submarine Telegraph Company, Cornhill, London, showing the Wheatstone needle telegraph instruments

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), British physicist, 19th century

Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), British physicist, 19th century
Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), British physicist. Pioneer in electrical resistances. Along with partner William Cooke, responsible for the invention of the electric telegraph, 19th century

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: William Cooke and Charles Wheatstones five-needle telegraph, patented 1837, (19th century)

William Cooke and Charles Wheatstones five-needle telegraph, patented 1837, (19th century)
William Cooke (1806-1879) and Charles Wheatstones (1802-1875) five-needle telegraph. Patented 1837, installed 1839, (19th century)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Diagram of William Cooke and Charles Wheatstones five-needle telegraph, 1837, (19th century)

Diagram of William Cooke and Charles Wheatstones five-needle telegraph, 1837, (19th century)
Diagram of William Cooke (1806-1879) and Charles Wheatstones (1802-1875) five-needle telegraph. Patented 1837, installed 1839, (19th century)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Opening of the London to Paris telegraph link, 1852

Opening of the London to Paris telegraph link, 1852. The instrument room at the Submarine Telegraph Company, Cornhill, London, showing a Wheatstone needle telegraph instrument

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Rear view of Charles Wheatstones electric (railway) telegraph, 1850

Rear view of Charles Wheatstones electric (railway) telegraph, 1850. Showing its connection OT lines running beside the railway track. From Illustrations of Natural Philosophyby John Reynolds

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Cook and Wheatstones 5-needle telegraph, 1837 (1915)

Cook and Wheatstones 5-needle telegraph, 1837 (1915). The 5-needle telegraph was the first successful electric telecommunication device and was patented by Charles Wheatstone and William Cooke

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Magnetism, c1850

Magnetism, c1850. Educational plate showing various aspects of magnetism and electromagnetism including a dip needle, compass, the lifting power of an electromagnet (12), Wheatstone telegraph (13)

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Replica of Charles Wheatstones wave machine, 19th century

Replica of Charles Wheatstones wave machine, 19th century

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Model of electromagnetic motor invented by Charles Wheatstone, 1840s

Model of electromagnetic motor invented by Charles Wheatstone, 1840s

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Wheatstone bridge

Wheatstone bridge. This device is used to measure an unknown electrical resistance in a bridge circuit. It was invented by Samuel Hunter Christie in 1833

Background imageCharles Wheatstone Collection: Charles Wheatstone, British physicist

Charles Wheatstone, British physicist
Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), British physicist. Wheatstone study of acoustics and the theory of resonance of columns of air, lead to his 1829 invention of the concertina musical instrument


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Charles Wheatstone was a renowned British inventor and physicist of the 19th century. He is best known for his contributions to the field of telegraphy, revolutionizing long-distance communication. In an engraving titled "Professor Wheatstone's Universal and Military Telegraph, " we see his groundbreaking invention that paved the way for modern telecommunications. Another engraving simply titled "Charles Wheatstone" showcases the man behind these remarkable inventions. His brilliance and dedication to scientific advancements are evident in this portrait. A printers sample from the Worlds Inventors souvenir album captures Sir Charles Wheatstone, highlighting his significant role as a British inventor in 1899. The artist, C Cook, skillfully portrays him with admiration and respect. The opening of the London to Paris telegraph link in 1852 marked a monumental achievement for Wheatstone. This event solidified his reputation as a pioneer in long-distance communication systems. Wheatstone's collaboration with William Cooke resulted in their patented five-needle telegraph in 1837. A diagram illustrating this innovative device reveals their ingenuity and foresight into future technological advancements. In another image showcasing Charles Wheatstones electric railway telegraph from 1850, we witness yet another groundbreaking creation by this brilliant mind. His relentless pursuit of progress led to numerous breakthroughs that shaped our world today. Even years later, Cook and Wheatstones' five-needle telegraph continued to be celebrated as evidenced by an image from 1915 captioned "Cook and Wheatstones 5-needle telegraph. " Their invention had undoubtedly left an indelible mark on history. Magnetism played a crucial role in many of Charles Wheatstone's inventions during this era, as depicted in an image labeled "Magnetism c1850. " It highlights his deep understanding of physics principles that enabled him to create such transformative technologies.