Invention of a Spirit Level

The spirit level was invented by Melchisedech Thevenot in France, in 1660. Following correspondence with Dutch Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens, Thevenot published the device description in 1681.

Date:
      1660
Name(s):
      Melchisedech Thevenot, Christiaan Huygens
Occupation:
      Inventor
Location:
      Netherlands, France


Additional Information:

  • Spirit level – Wikipedia
    Melchisédech Thévenot, a French scientist, invented the instrument some time before February 2, 1661. This date can be established from Thevenot’s correspondence with scientist Christiaan Huygens.
  • Christian Huygens: The Measurement of Time and of Longitude at
    From the very beginning of Christiaan Huygens’ career as a mathematician and natural … In the spirit of Archimedes he insisted that his magnum opus, the Horologium … Commenting on the many rival claims to have invented the pendulum clock, … format of intricate watches, they have reached a high level of sophistication.
  • History of the Bubble or Spirit Level | Montgomery Slope Level Blog
    Feb 12, 2009 – Thevenot invented the instrument some time before February 2, 1661. This date can be very accurately established from Thevenot’s correspondence with scientist Christiaan Huygens.
  • How were spirit levels invented? – Quora
    Melchisédech Thévenot, a French scientist, invented the instrument some time before … from Thevenot’s correspondence with scientist Christiaan Huygens.
  • Christiaan Huygens – Famous Scientists
    In 1662 he invented the “Huygens eyepiece”, a compound eyepiece for a telescope using multiple lenses. In 1663, he was elected a member of the newly formed Royal Society which was established to improve the knowledge of science. Huygens was honored with a doctorate in 1655.

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