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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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Fifty‐Eight Years of Friendship: Kelvin and Stokes

Fifty‐Eight Years of Friendship: Kelvin and Stokes

(p.64) 5 Fifty‐Eight Years of Friendship: Kelvin and Stokes
Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Alastair Wood

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the friendship between Sir G. G. Stokes and Kelvin. Kelvin was Stokes's principal correspondent over a period of fifty-six years. The correspondence between the two provide valuable insight not only into the research and research methods of two giants of 19th-century British science, but also into the day-to-day running of Cambridge and Glasgow Universities and of the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh at a critical time in their histories. The family backgrounds and formative influences of Kelvin and Stokes, their life in Cambridge, their early research correspondence, professorships, marriages, and political activities are discussed.

Keywords:   G. G. Stokes, Kelvin, scientists, Cambridge, Glasgow, Royal Society of London, Royal Society of Edinburgh

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