- Karpovich's Resistograph
This photograph shows a resistograph designed by Peter V. Karpovich while a member of the physiology department at the International YMCA College, now called Springfield College. Karpovich used this machine to test water resistance faced by swimmers. It may have been a precursor to the natograph, a later invention by Karpovich. At the base of a machine is a small diorama of a pool with a doll lying in the water to simulate how the machine connects to the swimmer.
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Peter V. Karpovich Papers
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
International Young Men's Christian Association College
Karpovich, Peter V.
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Peter V. Karpovich (1896-1975) was born in Russia and trained as a medical doctor at the State Military Academy of Medicine in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Russia in 1919. Under increasing political and professional turmoil, he fled to Latvia in 1922. In Latvia, Karpovich worked at the Riga YMCA. In 1925, he traveled to the United States to research at Springfield College. While there, he enrolled as a special advanced student and earned a master’s degree in physical education. In 1927, while completing his studies, he became a professor of physiology at the college. In the late 1940s, he met and married his second wife, Josephine Rathbone, an acclaimed scholar of physical education and relaxation. From 1961 to 1969, he served as the director of the physiology research laboratory at Springfield College, where he published several seminal books. Karpovich was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a consultant to many government, private and educational organizations. He remains an internationally recognized pioneer in physical education.