James Thomson (1822 - 1892)

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Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Death: Died
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Biographical Summary

Thomson, James. 16/02/1822-08/05/1892. Ref: 1492. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Belfast, Ireland.
  • Profession: Engineer.
  • Appointments Held: Professor 1857-73, Civil Engineering, Queen's College, Belfast; Professor 1873-89, Engineering, Glasgow University.
  • Undergraduate Studies: MA (Glasgow 1839).
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D(Glasgow 1870, Dublin 1878), D.Sc (Queen's University 1875).
  • Marital Status: Married (1853) Elizabeth Hancock.
  • Father: Professor James Thomson 1786-1849, mathematician, Belfast.
  • Siblings: William Thomson, Lord Kelvin FRSE 1824-1907.
  • Other Family: uncle of James Thomson Bottomley, FRSE 1845-1926.
  • References: DNB 56, 1898, 257-8; Proc Roy Soc, 53, 1893, i-x, signed JTB.
  • Memberships: FRS (1877).
  • Date of Election: 03/05/1875.
  • Proposers: Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Peter Guthrie Tait, Alexander Crum Brown, John Hutton Balfour (Billet 5/4, 19/4/1875).
  • Notes: Invented Vortex Water-Wheel 1850.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 926

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1822
February 16, 1822
Belfast, Ireland
1853
1853
Age 30
1892
May 8, 1892
Age 70