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This category lists makers of scientific instruments, with particular attention to those individuals who contributed to historical developments in instrument making.

For example, the first person to invent a cloud chamber would be listed here, but a corporation that makes cloud chamber kits in bulk for schools would not, nor would corporations that specialize in modern scientific equipment. Bill Hewlett or David Packard might qualify for a specific instrument or instruments, but the Hewlett-Packard Company would not. For companies manufacturing scientific instruments, see Category:Instrument-making corporations.


Abu-Mahmud Khojandi

Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī

Adriaan Adriaanszoon

Adrien Auzout

Alessandro Volta

Alexander Bryson

Alexander Wilson (astronomer)

Amédée Mouchez

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Arnold Orville Beckman

Benjamin Ayres (instrument maker)

Benjamin Cole (instrument maker)

Benjamin Martin (lexicographer)

Benjamin Vulliamy

Carl Zeiss

Charles Frank (instrument maker)

Charles Sumner Tainter

Chester Moore Hall

Christiaan Huygens

Christopher Clavius

Christopher Wren

Constantijn Huygens, Jr.

Daniel Quare

David Brewster

David Rittenhouse

Donald Cooksey

Edmond Halley

Edmund Gunter

Edward Nairne

Edward Samuel Ritchie

Edward Troughton

Egerton Smith

Erhard Etzlaub

Ernst Abbe

Evangelista Torricelli

Ferdinand Berthoud

Francis Alfred Broad

Francis Hauksbee the Younger

Friedrich Kohlrausch

Galileo Galilei

Gemma Frisius

Georg Friedrich von Reichenbach

Georg Hartmann

Georg Joachim Rheticus

Georg von Peuerbach

Georg von Reichenbach

George Adams (1750-1795)

George Adams (instrument maker, elder)

George Bass (optician)

George Graham (clockmaker)

George N. Saegmuller

Giuseppe Campani

Hans Lippershey

Heinrich Geißler

Henry Augustus Rowland

Henry Gregory (instrument maker)

Henry Hindley

Henry Troemner


Horace-Bénédict de Saussure

Howard Cary

Ignazio Danti

Isaac Newton

Jacob Metius

Jacques Babinet

James Ayscough

James Dunlop

James Gregory (mathematician)

James Lovelock

James Short (mathematician)

James Simms

James W. Queen & Company

Jean-Charles de Borda

Jeremiah Sisson

Jesse Ramsden

Johann Michael Ekling

Johannes Hevelius

Johannes Werner

John Arnold (watchmaker)

John Benjamin Dancer

John Bird (astronomer)

John Brashear

John Browning (scientific instrument maker)

John Call Cook

John Coventry (constructor of philosophical instruments)

John Cuthbertson (instrument maker)

John Davis (English explorer)

John Dollond

John Fulton (instrument maker)

John Hadley

John Harrison

John Henry Dallmeyer

John S. Hougham

John Tyndall

John William Norie

Jonathan Sisson

Joseph von Fraunhofer

Karl Friedrich Mohr

Larcum Kendall

Laurent Cassegrain

Leonard Digges (scientist)

Les William

Louis-François-Clement Breguet

Loyal Blaine Aldrich

Ludwig Schupmann

Luis Walter Alvarez

Marc'Antonio Mazzoleni

Matteo Campani-Alimenis


Niccolò Zucchi

Ole Rømer

Patrick Wilson (astronomer)

Pedro Nunes

Peter Crüger

Peter Dollond

Petrus Apianus

Petrus Jacobus Kipp

Petrus de Dacia (mathematician)

Philippe Danfrie

Pierre Le Roy

Pierre Vernier


Richard Reeve

Robert Dunkin

Robert FitzRoy

Robert Hooke

Robert J. Van de Graaff

Robert Norman

Robert W. Paul

Robert Were Fox the Younger

Robert-Aglaé Cauchoix

Roger Bacon

Roger Cotes

Royal Rife

Russell and Sigurd Varian

S. Brooks McLane

Salomon Coster

Science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

Shen Kuo

Siegfried Marcus

Simon Plössl

Su Song

Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf

Thomas Brown Jordan

Thomas Cooke (machinist)

Thomas Earnshaw

Thomas Godfrey (inventor)

Thomas Harriot

Thomas Mudge (horologist)

Thomas Street

Thomas Wright (astronomer)

Tiberius Cavallo

Tito Livio Burattini

Tobias Mayer

Tycho Brahe

Ulugh Beg

Vincenzo Viviani

William Crookes

William Gascoigne (scientist)

William Gravatt

William Gurley

William Herschel

William Jones (optician)

William Oughtred

William Peck (astronomer)

William Simms (instrument maker)

William Spencer (navigational instrument maker)

William Stanley (inventor)

Wolfgang Franz von Kobell

Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers

Zacharias Janssen

Étienne Lenoir (instrument maker)


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