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George Adams (Instrument Maker)

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A John Hadley (1682-1744) octant made in the 1730s by George Adams, on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers

John Hadley (16 April 1682 – 14 February 1744)

Variation compass by George Adams the Elder, c.1750, displayed at the London Science Museum, 2016

of Tycho Brahe's Head, corner of Racquet Court, Fleet Street, London

George Adams (1704-1772) was succeeded in the business by his son, George Adams (1750–1795).

The Adams business was founded in 1735, and became very successful. George Sr. invented a number of mechanical improvements to microscopes. In 1746 he published the first edition of Micrographia Illustrata. George Adams Jr. was appointed instrument maker to George III and optician to the Prince of Wales. After George Junior's death, the business was continued by his brother, Dudley Adams (1762-1830), but production ceased c.1830.[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Scientific Instruments of the 17th & 18th Centuries and their Makers' by Maurice Daumas, translated by Dr Mary Holbrook, Portman Books, 1972
  • Biography of George Adams, ODNB