He was deeply involved in the technical specification of the cable, in the invention of instruments of adequate sensitivity to identify the signals and in the laying of the cable itself. He was appointed as'electrician' on board the cable layer HMS Agamemnon in 1857 and was in sole charge for the final successful installation using the "Great Eastern" in 1866. He acted as a consulting engineer throughout his life: for example, he was an adviser to the British Aluminium Company for the design of the smelter at Foyers and to the Niagara Commission for hydro work. He was also an active industrialist as a partner in a number of firms that manufactured instruments based on his inventions. Uniquely, he was asked to serve three terms as President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (originally known as the Society of Telegraph Engineers and Electricians).Extremely rare first electrostatic voltmeter invented by the famous Lord Kelvin (creator of Kelvin scale for temperature) and constructed by James White in Glasgow, England during 1880s´ (probably prototype). Really impressive museum piece impossible to find with lower serial number you can find for this instrument (serial number 304). Only a screw is missing and a a fuse has been adapted (see last picture). Wooden base with level screws. I do not know how to test it however needle moves freely. Depth: 7 inches (including bodden base). Weight is more or less 5750 grams. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your visit. The item "ANTIQUE GALVANOMETER 1880 ELECTROSTATIC KELVIN VOLTMETER SCI INSTRUMENT ENGLAND" is in sale since Thursday, November 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science & Medicine (Pre-1930)\Scientific Instruments\Other Antique Science Equip". The seller is "liancollect" and is located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires. This item can be shipped worldwide.