Professor Walter Rudolph Hess' viscometer / viscosimeter

1. Walter Rudolph Hess (b.1881, d.1973)
2. E.F. Buchi Manufacturing Optician (estab. 1871)
Viscometer / viscosimeter comprises glass cylindrical tube with in-built seals and attachments (glass and rubber tubing, rubber squeeze bulb, small bottle aqua dest.) All items are contained in fitted wooden case with hook fasteners. Large size for laboratory use. Used to measure the viscosity of fluids, particularly blood, by transpiration method. A two page pink booklet explains the device. Professor Walter Rudolph Hess was based in Switzerland. His designs for the blood viscometer were made shortly after graduating in 1905. Hess went on to become a leading figure in physiology, winning a Nobel Prize in 1949. This viscometer was owned by Dr William Solf of Pascoe Value (1952, University of Melbourne Alumni).

Object detail

wood, glass, metal, rubber, cork
Closed: 10.0 x 47.3 x 15.5 cm
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Donated by the Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia via Mr Frank Ham (secretary), 2000.
Object Type
Medical History Museum Category


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