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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy$
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Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.001.0001

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James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineer

James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineer

(p.56) 4 James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineer
Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Peter Bowler

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on William Thomson's brother, James. James Thomson was primarily an engineer. He was the second Professor of Engineering at Queen's College, Belfast, serving from 1857 to 1873, at which point he left to take up the Chair of Engineering at Glasgow. James and William Thomson collaborated actively in the studies of thermodynamics which made the latter's reputation, and James made important studies in other areas of physics bearing on the engineering problems he encountered in the course of his work.

Keywords:   William Thomson, brother, engineers, James Thomson, Queen's College, Belfast, thermodynamics

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