Charles Darwin's barometer

John Frederick Newman

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Created by instrument maker John Frederick Newman (1783 - 1860, British), this portable mountain barometer was used by Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882, British) in his geological work during the voyage of HMS 'Beagle' (1831 – 1836). In 1899, it was presented to the Royal Society by Darwin’s executors, remaining with the Society until this day. Since the 1930s, Darwin’s barometer has been on loan to Down House, Kent (the home of Charles Darwin), as an integral part of his scientific memory and legacy.


  • Title: Charles Darwin's barometer
  • Creator: John Frederick Newman
  • Date Created: 1830
  • Location Created: London
  • Provenance: Presented to the Royal Society by Professor G.H. Darwin F.R.S., on behalf of Mr. Darwin?s executors.
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: To license this image please visit the Royal Society Picture Library
  • Medium: glass, mahogany, brass, ivory, mercury
  • Scientist: Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
  • Manufacturer: John Frederick Newman (1783-1860)
  • Invention: Barometer
  • Field: Biology
  • Catalogue Reference: MO/28

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