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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

1824 - 1907

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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, (26 June 1824 – 17 December 1907) was a British mathematician, 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 1,487,581 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin is the 55th most popular physicist (down from 31st in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 102nd in 2019) and the 11th most popular British Physicist.

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin is most famous for his work in thermodynamics and the invention of the Kelvin scale.

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Among physicists, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 55 out of 721Before him are William Gilbert, Georges Lemaître, James Chadwick, Otto von Guericke, Wilhelm Wien, and Max Born. After him are Robert Andrews Millikan, Mikhail Lomonosov, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Rudolf Clausius, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, and Gustav Ludwig Hertz.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1824, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 5Before him are Bedřich Smetana, Alexandre Dumas fils, Anton Bruckner, and Gustav Kirchhoff. After him are Jean-Léon Gérôme, Maria Alexandrovna, Eugène Boudin, Paul Broca, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Wilkie Collins, and Pierre Janssen. Among people deceased in 1907, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 6Before him are Dmitri Mendeleev, Edvard Grieg, Sully Prudhomme, Klara Hitler, and Oscar II of Sweden. After him are Hector Malot, Henri Moissan, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Alfred Jarry, Asaph Hall, and Giosuè Carducci.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 188 out of 6,924Before him are George Best (1946), Bon Scott (1946), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Elizabeth Woodville (1437), Ian Fleming (1908), and Anne Hathaway (1556). After him are Terry Pratchett (1948), Helen Mirren (1945), John Keats (1795), Boudica (33), Robert Burns (1759), and Henry I of England (1068).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin ranks 11Before him are James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Robert Hooke (1635), J. J. Thomson (1856), Paul Dirac (1902), William Gilbert (1544), and James Chadwick (1891). After him are Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842), Peter Higgs (1929), Owen Willans Richardson (1879), William Henry Bragg (1862), and Charles Glover Barkla (1877).