William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824–1907) was an Irish mathematical physicist and engineer. At the University of Glasgow 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 also had a career as an electric telegraph engineer and inventor, which propelled him into the public eye and ensured his wealth, fame and honor. For his work on the transatlantic telegraph project he was knighted by Queen Victoria, becoming Sir William Thomson. He had extensive maritime interests and was most noted for his work on the mariner's compass.
While at Cambridge, Thomson was active in sports, athletics and sculling, winning the Colquhoun Sculls. He had interest in the classics, music, and literature.
Spoke English, French, German. Netherlands.
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Married twice, no children.
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