Name Details

Name: William Thomson Baron Kelvin of Largs
Dates: 1824-1907
Notes: Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow, 1846-1899.
Student, University of Glasgow, 1834-1841.
B.A., University of Cambridge, 1845.
Fellow of St Peter's College, Cambridge.
Member of Board, Atlantic Telegraph Co., 1857-1858.
Partner in Thomson, Varley and Jenkin, 1865-1883; Thomson and Jenkin, 1883-1885.
President, Royal Society, 1890-1895.
Son of James Thomson (1786-1849) and Margaret Gardner (c.1790-1830).
Married (1) Margaret Crum (1827-1870),1852, (2) Frances Anna Blandy (1837-1916), 24 June 1874.
Lived at Netherhall, Largs, 1875-1907 (land purchased October 1874).
[See: Dictionary of Irish biography (Cambridge, 2009); D.N.B.; Olive Checkland, 'Kelvin: "father and friend" to the Japanese in Glasgow', Avenue (University of Glasgow), no. 13 (January 1994), pp 8-9; Graham Durant (after Nigel Thorp), 'Kelvin: master of measurement', Avenue (University of Glasgow), no. 13 (January 1994), p. 7; Andrew Gray, Lord Kelvin (London, 1908); Kelvin and Ireland, 7 December 2007, Queen's University Belfast, ed. Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, Andrew Whitaker (Journal of physics: conference series, vol. 158, Bristol, 2009); Elizabeth King, Lord Kelvin's early home: being the recollections of his sister, the late Mrs. Elizabeth King, together with some family letters and a supplementary chapter by the editor, Elizabeth Thomson King (London, 1909); Crosbie Smith and M.N. Wise, Energy and Empire: a biographical study of Lord Kelvin (Cambridge, 1989); S.P. Thompson, The life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs (London, 1910); Who was who; David Wilson, Lord Kelvin: Sir William Thomson (Glasgow, 1994)]
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