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Absolute temperatures are stated in units of kelvin in his honour.
While the existence of a lower limit to temperature (absolute zero) was known prior to his work, Lord Kelvin is widely known for determining its correct value as approximately −273.15 degree Celsius or −459.67 degree Fahrenheit.
On gaining the fellowship, he spent some time in the laboratory of the celebrated Henri Victor Regnault, at Paris; but in 1846 he was appointed to the chair of natural philosophy in the University of Glasgow.
The study of mathematics, physics, and in particular, of electricity, had captivated his imagination.
In 1845, he gave the first mathematical development of Faraday's idea that electric induction takes place through an intervening medium, or "dielectric", and not by some incomprehensible "action at a distance".
Unsurprisingly, Fourier's work had been attacked by domestic mathematicians, Philip Kelland authoring a critical book. paper On the uniform motion of heat in homogeneous solid bodies, and its connection with the mathematical theory of electricity.
The book motivated Thomson to write his first published scientific paper While holidaying with his family in Lamlash in 1841, he wrote a third, more substantial, P. In the paper he made remarkable connections between the mathematical theories of heat conduction and electrostatics, an analogy that James Clerk Maxwell was ultimately to describe as one of the most valuable science-forming ideas.
The title refers to the River Kelvin, which flows close by his laboratory at the University of Glasgow.
His home was the imposing red sandstone mansion Netherhall, in Largs.
He was ennobled in 1892 in recognition of his achievements in thermodynamics, and of his opposition to Irish Home Rule, becoming Baron Kelvin, of Largs in the County of Ayr.
He was the first British scientist to be elevated to the House of Lords.
William Thomson's father, James Thomson, was a teacher of mathematics and engineering at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the son of a farmer.
James Thomson married Margaret Gardner in 1817 and, of their children, four boys and two girls survived infancy.
In the academic year 1839/1840, Thomson won the class prize in astronomy for his Essay on the figure of the Earth which showed an early facility for mathematical analysis and creativity.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating