photograph of Blondel

A unit of luminance suggested in 1942, and named for the French physicist André-Eugène Blondel (1863-1938). One blondel is pi lumens per square meter per steradian; it is equivalent to the apostilb.

Parry Moon.
A system of photometric concepts.
Journal of the Optical Society of America, volume 32, pages 348-362 (June 1942).

Page 356: “The unit is pi times the lumens per square meter per steradian.  Such a name is impossibly cumbersome, so a new name is proposed, the blondel, after André Blondel who did pioneer work in photometric nomenclature.”

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