William Thomson (Lord Kelvin)

1824 - 1907

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William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) became Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow at a very young age. He made important contributions to many areas of Physics including electricity, magnetism and thermodynamics. His work on the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable made his fortune
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List of References (28 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Topology and Scottish mathematical physics
  2. A comment from Thomas Hirst's diary
  3. Kelvin on the sun
  4. Thomson on "ether"
  5. Thomson on British units
  6. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to William Thomson
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1847
Fellow of the Royal Society1851
Royal Society Royal Medal1856
Royal Society Bakerian lecturer1856
Royal Society Copley Medal1883
Honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh Maths Society1883
President of the Royal Society1890-1895
LMS President1898 - 1900
Lunar featuresCrater Thomson and Promontorium Kelvin and Rupes Kelvin
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. NNDB
  3. University of Glasgow
  5. L Zapato (Some of Kelvin's papers and addresses)

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