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Andrew Ross


Optician and instrument maker. Established business at Clerkenwell, London, in 1830. Collaborated with Joseph Jackson Lister (Turner 1989) in manufacturing objective lenses to Lister’s new design, c. 1837–41. Founder member of the Microscopical Society of London, 1841. Prize-winner for his microscopes at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Together with Lister, he "transformed the microscope from a toy to a scientific instrument of immense importance".


Turner 1989.


Turner, Gerard L’E. 1989. The great age of the microscope: the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society though 150 years. Bristol and New York: Adam Hilger.