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Wednesday, 31 October 2012, 4:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Lord Kelvin and the French 'F' Word: The Greatest Victorian Scientist?

Dr Mark McCartney

Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) was Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow from 1846 to 1899. An FRS, FRSE, knighted in 1866, awarded the Order of Merit in 1902, and in death buried beside Newton at Westminster Abbey, Kelvin was in his lifetime considered the pre-eminent natural philosopher of the Victorian Age. But the passage of time, and the supplanting of classical physics, have eroded his reputation. This talk will survey Kelvin's life and work, and seek to show why the assessment of Kelvin's importance by his contemporaries was not misplaced.

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University of Ulster

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31 October 2012

Lord Kelvin and the French 'F' Word: The Greatest Victorian Scientist?
Dr Mark McCartney

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