Lord Kelvin

(William Thompson -- 1st Baron Kelvin)

Lord Kelvin
Lord Kelvin
  • Born: June 26, 1824
  • Died: December 17, 1907
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Scientist









William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, OM, GCVO, PC, FRS, FRSE was a Scots-Irish mathematical physicist and engineer who was born in Belfast in 1824. 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 worked closely with mathematics professor Hugh Blackburn in his work. 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 honour. For his work on the transatlantic telegraph project he was knighted in 1866 by Queen Victoria, becoming Sir William Thomson. He had extensive maritime interests and was most noted for his work on the mariner's compass, which previously had limited reliability.

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Energy Is Conserved. Energy
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Transportation
I am never satisfied until I can make a mathematical model of what I am studying. If I succeed in making one, I understand. If I cannot, I do not understand. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Radio has no future. Wireless [telegraphy] is all very well but I'd rather send a message by a boy on a pony Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honor, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The more you understand what is wrong with an entity, the more valuable that entity becomes Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now, All that remains is more and more precise measurement Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
This time next year,—this time ten years,—this time one hundred years,—probably it will be just as easy as we think it is to understand that glass of water, which now seems so plain and simple. I cannot doubt but that these things, which now seem to us so mysterious, will be no mysteries at all; that the scales will fall from our eyes; that we shall learn to look on things in a different way—when that which is now a difficulty will be the only commonsense and intelligible way of looking at the subject Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
To measure is to know. If you can not measure it, you can not improve it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion. Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us. Religion & God
You, in this country, are subjected to the British insularity in weights and measures; you use the foot, inch and yard. I am obliged to use that system, but must apologize to you for doing so, because it is so inconvenient, and I hope Americans will do everything in their power to introduce the French metrical system. ... I look upon our English system as a wickedly, brain-destroying system of bondage under which we suffer. The reason why we continue to use it, is the imaginary difficulty of making a change, and nothing else; but I do not think in America that any such difficulty should stand in the way of adopting so splendidly useful a reform Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Large increases in cost with questionable increases in performance can be tolerated only in race horses and women. Women
Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The atheistic idea is so nonsensical that I cannot put it into words.
The more thoroughly I conduct scientific research, the more I believe that science excludes atheism. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught.