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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

1824 - 1907

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, (26 June 1824 – 17 December 1907) was a British mathematical physicist and engineer born in Belfast. Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow for 53 years, he did important work in the mathematical analysis of electricity and formulation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and did much to unify the emerging discipline of physics in its modern form. He received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1883, was its President 1890–1895, and in 1892 was the first British scientist to be elevated to the House of Lords.Absolute temperatures are stated in units of kelvin in his honour. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin has received more than 1,248,571 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 31st most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 31 out of 659Before him are Hendrik Lorentz, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, J. J. Thomson, Henry Cavendish, Luigi Galvani, and Daniel Bernoulli. After him are Paul Dirac, Richard Feynman, Gustav Kirchhoff, Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, Louis de Broglie, and Johannes Diderik van der Waals.

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Among people born in 1824, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 4Before him are Bedřich Smetana, Alexandre Dumas fils, and Anton Bruckner. After him are Gustav Kirchhoff, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Maria Alexandrovna, Eugène Boudin, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Paul Broca, Pierre Janssen, and Wilkie Collins. Among people deceased in 1907, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 4Before him are Dmitri Mendeleev, Edvard Grieg, and Sully Prudhomme. After him are Klara Hitler, Henri Moissan, Oscar II of Sweden, Hector Malot, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Alfred Jarry, Giosuè Carducci, and Asaph Hall.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 102 out of 5,347Before him are Christopher Lee (1922), Henry VII of England (1457), H. G. Wells (1866), Ridley Scott (1937), Charlotte Brontë (1816), and Aldous Huxley (1894). After him are Paul Dirac (1902), Elton John (1947), Roger Moore (1927), Edward I of England (1239), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), and Neville Chamberlain (1869).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 8Before him are Stephen Hawking (1942), Michael Faraday (1791), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), and J. J. Thomson (1856). After him are Paul Dirac (1902), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), William Gilbert (1544), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), and Peter Higgs (1929).