List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

1714 – Mercury Thermometer

The mercury thermometer was invented by Dutch physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1714. It consists of a narrow glass tube with a bulb at the bottom, containing mercury. The volume of mercury changes with temperature; mercury is driven out of the bulb and up the tube as the temperature rises.


  1. Wikipedia article on Mercury-in-glass thermometer
  2. Image Credit: Donar Reiskoffer, Wikimedia Commons

Added by Jennifer Payne on December 3, 2014. Category: Measuring instrument