G Dallas Hanna, Curator of Paleontology, creates an Instrument
Shop to make and repair scientific instruments. Albert S.
Jimmy Getten is the Academys first instrument
The Instrument Shop expands into an optical repair facility
for the U.S. Navy. Staff technicians repair periscopes, sextants,
gunsights and binoculars for the Pacific fleet.
In addition to building Morrison Planetariums unique
star projector, shop technicians design a grand Foucault pendulum.
They begin producing Foucault pendulums for institutions worldwide.
Technicians produce many electro-mechanical systems for Wild
California and Life Through Time, plus other exhibits and
Shop Supervisor Cary Ponchione continues to manufacture Foucault
pendulums for installations throughout the world almost
100 of them at last count!