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William Jones (1763-1831)

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Orrery made by William Jones in 1799, on display at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling, incorporating the latest discoveries of William Herschel

William Jones (1763-1831) was an English maker of optical and other scientific instruments, who had Thomas Jefferson among his customers in London. He later formed a partnership with his younger brother Samuel Jones - W. and S. Jones.


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