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Wheatstone (February 6, 1802 - October 19, 1875) was a British scientist
and inventor of many scientifical breakthroughs of the Victorian era, including
the English concertina, the stereoscope (a device for displaying three-dimensional
images), and the Playfair cipher (an encryption technique). However, Wheatstone
is best known for his contributions in the development of the Wheatstone
bridge, originally invented by Samuel Hunter Christie, which is used to
measure an unknown electrical resistance.
He was a major figure in the development of telegraphy and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Charles Wheatstone was born near Gloucester. His father was a music-seller in the town, who, four years later,