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William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs

Also Known As: "Lord Kelvin"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: College Square East, Belfast, Ireland
Death: December 17, 1907 (83)
Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Prof. James Thomson, LLD and Margaret Thomson
Husband of Frances Anna Thomson, Baroness Kelvin and Margaret Thomson
Brother of Elizabeth King; Anna Bottomley; James A. Thomson; John Thomson; Margaret Thomson, died young and 2 others

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About William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, OM, GCVO

Biographical Summary

Thomson, Baron Kelvin, William. 26/06/1824-17/12/1907. Ref: 1023. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Baron Kelvin of Largs (1892), OM(1902), PC(1902), KCVO(1866).
  • Place of Birth: College Square East, Belfast, Ireland.
  • Place of Death: Largs, Ayrshire.
  • Place of interment: Westminster Abbey.
  • Profession: Physicist, Mathematician.
  • Appointments Held: Professor 1846-99, Natural Philosophy, Glasgow University; Founder, Kelvin & White Ltd. Glasgow for manufacture of his inventions; Chancellor 1904, Glasgow University.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Glasgow University, BA (Cantab 1845).
  • Publications: With P G Tait, "Treatise on Natural Philosophy" 1867 & 1874.
  • Marital Status: Married 1st(1852) Margaret Crum d 1870 2nd (1874) Frances Anna Blandy.
  • Mother: Margaret Gardiner.
  • Father: James Thomson (1780-1849) Professor, Mathematics, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast.
  • Siblings: James Thomson, FRSE 1822-92.
  • Other Family: father-in-law of James Thomson Bottomley, FRSE 1845-1926.
  • References: DNB, 2nd Supplement, 3, 1912, 508-17; Proc Roy Soc, 81, iii-lxxvi, signed JL (Portraits); Williams 511; Who Was Who 1; A Boyle, Scotland's Cultural Heritage 5, 1984.
  • Memberships: FRS (1851, President 1890-5), Society of Telegraph Engineers (President 1874), Academie des Sciences (Foreign Associate 1847).
  • Date of Election: 01/02/1847.
  • Proposers: James David Forbes, 26/11/1846, (ms Proposal NLS Acc 10,000/46).(Billet 4/1/1847, 18/1/,1847).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1851-4, Vice-President 1868-73, President 1873-8, 1886-90, 1895-1907.
  • RSE Prizes and Medals: Keith Prize 1861-3, Gunning Victoria Jubilee Prize, 1884-7.
  • 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 932

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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, OM, GCVO's Timeline

June 26, 1824
Belfast, Ireland
December 17, 1907
Age 83
Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
London, England