MTU Physics Department History | Nathan Sanford Osborne

Nathan Sanford Osborne

b. 10 Feb 1875, Southampton, N.Y.
d. 1943

EM Michigan College of Mines 1899
Hon. Sc. D. Stevens Inst. of Technology 1930
Hon. Doctor of Engineering MCMT 1936

Asst. in Physics, Mich School Mines, 1896
Instr. Math and Physics, Mich College of Mines, 1897-1899
Mining Engineer, Champion Copper Co. & E J Longyear Co., 1899-1900
Inst. Math and Physics, Michigan College of Mines, 1901-1903
Lab Assistant, US Bureau of Standards, 1903-1906
Asst. Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1906-1910
Inst. Math and Physics, Michigan College of Mines, 1910-1912
Assoc. Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1912-1919
Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1919-1928
Principal Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1928-1939

Most noted for calorimetric measurements at the Bureau of Standards which were essential to make accurate steam tables. Author of many Bureau of Standards (NBS) publications.

See, for example:

“A Calorimetric Method of Surveying the Behavior of Steam,” Mechanical Engineering¬†46, 88-90 (1924).

N. S. Osborne, H. F. Stimson, D. C. Ginnings, “Calorimetric determination of the thermodynamic properties of saturated water in both the liquid and gaseous states from 100 to 374oC,” J. Res. Natl. Bur. Standards (U.S.)¬†18, 389-447 (1937).

More details of his contributions at NBS can be found in NBS special publication 958, Jan. 2001, pages 49-52.