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Marconi's Parabolic Receiver, by Guglielmo Marconi, English, c. 1896

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Inventory Number: 31092
Object Type:
Persons: Guglielmo Marconi
Date Created: c. 1896
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 2004-9/559
Brief Description: Marconi's Parabolic Receiver, with glass coherer, nickel-plated terminals, copper wings and tapper. With curved copper reflector, and wooden ends & supports. Previously used, associated and catalogued with Marconi's Parabolic Transmitter (Inv. Num. 53586).

The receiver for Marconi's demonstration on Salisbury Plain in 1896 comprised a coherer set at the focus of a parabolic reflector. The arrival of the electromagnetic wave would cause metal filings in glass tube to cohere together, allowing an electric current to flow and to register a dot or dash on a Morse recorder.
Primary Inscriptions: None
Provenance: Presented by the Marconi Corporation.
Collection Group: Marconi Collection
Material(s): Wood
assorted metals.
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
820 620 395 mm


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