Lord Kelvin statue,
||Born in Belfast in July 1824, his most
noted achievement was the investigation of "Absolute
Zero" and the creation of the Absolute Temperature
Scale, which was later renamed the Kelvin scale.
He showed a extensive knowledge of
many scientific fields and was indeed a most gifted
person. A fact demonstrated by the fact that he
became an undergraduate at Glasgow University
in 1835 aged only eleven!!
William Thompson was presented
with the title Lord Kelvin in 1866 after he helped
to calculate the required thickness of the world's
first transatlantic telegraph cable. His achievements
and investigations are too great to all be listed
here, but some of his achievements include the
demonstration of the reversible heat engine, which
now forms the basis for refrigeration techniques.
He designed the compass which is now fitted to
every British Naval ship and made the first calculation
into the age of the Earth. He put this at 100
million years, which wasn't that far off the mark
for the time it was made (current estimations
are 1000 million years).
During his lifetime Lord Kelvin was showered
with honours, but perhaps, most notably a statue
was erected in Botanic Gardens in Belfast in 1913.
It still stands, just inside the entrance to the
gardens, opposite the Methodist College entrance.
Lord Kelvin was born in College Square East,
Belfast, and later three houses were combined
in that square, including the one in which he
was born, and made into one of the earliest cinemas
in the City. It was named in his honour as the
"Kelvin Picture Palace".
Matthew Trainer - Feb '08
Born in Belfast, in June 1824,....
William Thomson was presented with an knighthood in 1866....
He designed a compass which at the time was fitted to many
British Naval ships...
....(current estimates are 4,570 million years)
During his lifetime Lord Kelvin was showered with honours,
receiving his peerage in 1892,....
Alan Watson - Dec '07
I don't know when this was written but ....
The current (2007) estimate of the age of the earth is 4,500
million years - 4.5 billion - not 1,000 million years!