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Dynamometer, Chicago, United States, 1945-1955

The dynamometer measured ‘strength of grip and arm musculature’. Tracking tasks measured dexterity and speed. Seebohm Rowntree claimed good chocolate packers had ‘very agile fingers and flexible arms’. Tests selected workers with these qualities. The dynamometer was made in the US by Chicago-based C. H. Stoelting Company. It was used from 1949-1950 on the University of Aberdeen’s Experimental Education course.

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2000-1246

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Glossary: dynamometer

An apparatus for measuring force or power. In particular muscular effort of humans or animals, the power developed by a motor, or that needed to operate machinery. It commonly has a spring to be compressed or weight to be sustained by the force applied.

Glossary: anthropometry

The measuring of body parts so that comparisons can be made. The aim is to measure normal and abnormal development. In the past, it has also been used in attempts to measure racial difference.