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Kelvin, Lord (1824–1907)

Carl Schaschke

in A Dictionary of Chemical Engineering

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199651450
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191744464
Kelvin, Lord (1824–1907)

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A Belfast-born Scottish scientist William Thomson, later 1st Baron Kelvin of Largs, who was the son of a gifted teacher. Both he and his brother James matriculated to Glasgow University aged 10 and 12, respectively. William Thomson was elected to the chair of natural philosophy at Glasgow in 1845 aged 22 and held the position for 53 years. His most important work was on thermodynamics, but he is most widely known for his studies of electricity applied to submarine technology. He was knighted in 1866 and made a baron in 1892....

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