Sir Charles Wheatstone - In Memoriam
Posted 19 October 2003 - 10:35 AM
Sir Charles Wheatstone died in Paris on this day in 1875.
Posted 20 October 2003 - 07:08 AM
Posted 20 October 2003 - 10:27 AM
Do we actually *know* the distribution of responsibility between the two brothers concerning the development of the concertina? Or the role of their father?
What I have read is this: They inherited their uncle's enterprise together 1823 (CW 21 and WW 19 years old) and CW soon started a career as an inventor in very various fields of physics and later on an academic career as well while WW was the one who actually was in charge of the business and instrument production until his death 1862. ( Their father WW is said to have joined in the business in 1826. He died not until 1854)
The fact that the significant patents 1829 and 1844 were granted CW does not proove anything about the possible role of WW (senior and junior) in the work. CW evidently was the 'scholar' of the two brothers and probably got quite a bit of bureaucratic experience related to his other inventions. It is not unusual that patents are applied for and granted just one of two (or more) partners (with resulting long lasting personal and legal fights about division of economic results when these are unexpected good...).
So...just as an speculative hypothesis....maybe WW (and/or WW senior) ought to be at least as much honoured for the development of the *concertina* as CW or maybe even it was to a greater part the work of WW?!?
Maybe there is little speaking for this but I could well imagine a possible rivalry between the two which is somewhat hinted in the 1861 patent granted WW in which there is outspoken critics of the concertina concept described in the CW patent of 1844.
Anyway...in my eyes 'the invention of the concertina' is not prooved to be a 'one man's work'......
Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:17 AM
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