Igenhaus Thermal Conductivity Apparatus

Unknown Maker


19th century

Rectangular bin (for water) has 9 rods projecting from it horizontally (one missing). Large collar on opposite side, attached for handle. Below the bin is a closed container (alcohol lamp) with four places for wicks. One rod made of wood, one of glass, others are various metals. All have wax on them, which would have served as indicator of heat.

Overall: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Allen King Collection of Scientific Instruments, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College



North America, United States


19th century

Object Name

Scientific Instrument


Scientific Instrument

Scientific Instrument: Heat

Not on view

Exhibition History

Igenhaus invented this apparatus in the late 18th century for demonstrating the conductivity of heat in different materials. This experiment was first suggested by Franklin and carried out by Ingenhaus.

Published References

Ganot‘s Physics (1890), p. 375


Source unknown; catalogued into the Allen King Collection of Scientific Instruments, 2002.

Old Number

Ha026 (old # QC210X)

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