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A Tale About the First Weights and Measures Intercomparison in the United States in 1832

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Author(s)

Albert C. Parr

Abstract

In preparation for the Hassler memorial tablet dedication in the NIST Administration Building lobby in December of 2004, I learned that Ferdinand Rudolf Hassler had carried out the first systematic study of weights and measures in the United States. I obtained a copy of Comparison of Weights and Measures of Length and Capacity Reported to the Senate of the United States which is Hassler s 1832 report to Congress on this comparison that related all the weights and measures then in use by the states and federal custom-houses. Hand-written inscriptions in the book reveal interesting facts about Hassler s work and his communication with other scientists in Europe at that time.
Citation
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
Volume
111 No. 1

Keywords

Hassler, history, intercomparison

Citation

Parr, A. (2006), A Tale About the First Weights and Measures Intercomparison in the United States in 1832, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=840998 (Accessed December 9, 2022)
Created April 1, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017