Gordon Gliddon papers, 1941-1959 Rauner Manuscript MS-780


Gordon Harkness Gliddon was born on December 9, 1894 in Rochester, NY. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in physics in 1915 and an MA in 1918. From 1918 to 1923, Gliddon worked as a lens designer at the Eastman Kodak Company Hawk Eye Division. He received his PhD from Dartmouth Medical School 1926, while serving as professor of physical optics at he Rochester School of Optometry. In 1926, he joined the faculty of the Dartmouth Medical School first as a research fellow and then as assistant professor and later as associate professor in physiological optics. Because of the magnitude of the work he did with Adelbert Ames Jr. in the fields of physiological optics, binocular vision, binocular space perceptions and refraction the department of physiological optics was transformed into the Dartmouth Eye Institute (DEI) in 1935. Gliddon published several papers with Ames and other early members of the DEI, covering the newly discovered eye anomaly aniseikonia, its measurement and treatment. His lens design experience was key in the development of instruments to detect and correct the disorder. He also initiated for the DEI the collection and translation of hundred of foreign ophthalmological articles published from the turn of the century through 1946. In 1946, Gliddon assumed the position at business officer at Baker Library. He also continued instructional responsibilities in the Dartmouth College physics department. Gliddon retired from Dartmouth in 1962 and died later that year on March 14, 1962.

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