BURNDY® was founded July 19, 1924 under the name of BURNDY® Engineering Company in Brooklyn, New York. The BURNDY® name is an acronym for the founder, Dr. Bern Dibner. BURNDY® remained family-owned until 1988 when it was obtained by FCI, a French-based connector manufacturer primarily known within the nuclear field. November 2005, FCI was acquired by Bain Capital. In October of 2009, the BURNDY® segment only was acquired by HUBBELL. BURNDY® is now part of the HUBBELL Electrical Systems family of companies, Hubbell is on the New York Stock Exchange; the symbol is HUB.B.
BURNDY® is headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has 3 US manufacturing sites along with one each in Mexico and Brazil. With a long history of engineering excellence along with top notch customer and technical service, BURNDY® has factory-direct sales representatives along with top manufacturers' representatives. We offer high quality, competitively priced connectors, wiring accessories and installation tooling that have solved connection problems for over 85 years.
Huntington Library Overview
Bern Dibner (1897-1988) established the BURNDY® Library in 1941. Dibner, a scholar as well as businessman, was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci and the history of science. Dibner wrote more than 100 books and articles on subjects as varied as the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, 18th century electrical experiments and Renaissance engineering. Dibner's best known work is the Heralds of Science (1955, updated 1983), a selection of what Dibner considered to be the 200 most important books in the history of science. The Heralds has become a widely used reference tool among bibliographers, booksellers, and scholars.
The BURNDY® Library comprises important materials from antiquity to the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on 18th century physics including collections by and about Isaac Newton, major collections in 18th and 19th century mathematics, the history of electricity, civil and structural engineering, optics and color theory. Some of the more rare treasures are a 1544 edition of Archimedes' Philosophi ac Geometrae, a first edition of Robert Boyle's Experiments , and notes about the mechanical origin or production of electricity (1675).
In 1976, Dibner presented the Smithsonian Institution with a gift of rare books forming the core of the Dibner Library for the History of Science and Technology, located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In 1992 David Dibner (Bern Dibner's son) established the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where it remained until November 2008 when it moved to The Huntington Library located San Marino, California.
This is an unprecedented gift to The Huntington Library and substantially expanded its holdings in the field of the history of science and technology, making it one of the most extensive collections in this field in the world. The gift of the BURNDY® collection is composed of some 67,000 rare books and reference volumes, as well as a collection of scientific instruments.
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