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George Dollond

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George Dollond (1774-1852) was an English optician who constructed optical precision instruments used in astronomy, geodesy and also in navigation.

1774 June 10th. Born George Huggins, in London, the nephew of the famous optician Peter Dollond.

1805 Peter Dollond took his nephew George Huggins into partnership; Huggins changed his name by licence to Dollond.

1819 George Dollond took over the company .

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in December, 1819.

Together with Peter Barlow, he also invented an afocal system to extend the focal length of telescopes, called the Barlow lens.

1852 November 30th. He died at Camberwell Terrace North and was buried at West Norwood Cemetery.

1852 The younger George Dollond succeeded to the family business on his uncle's death; following the family tradition, he too adopted the surname Dollond.

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