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Thompson, Sir Benjamin, Count Rumford in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire

David Knight

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195065480
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/27255
Thompson, Sir Benjamin, Count Rumford in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire

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Thompson, Sir Benjamin, Count Rumford in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1753–1814), natural philosopher and philanthropist, was born on 26 March 1753 at North Woburn, Massachusetts, the only son of Benjamin Thompson (d. 1754) and his wife, Ruth Simonds, daughter of an officer who had fought against the French and the North American Indians in the Seven Years' War. He was descended from ...

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