Person: Thomson, James
James Thomson campaigned to reform Glasgow University. He wrote many textbooks. He was the father of Lord Kelvin.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Thomson showed his mathematical skills and interests at a young age.
- However events of the time were to create a strong impression on the young Thomson which greatly affected his outlook on life.
- Two years later, in 1800, Thomson attended a new school opened by a secessionist Presbyterian minister Dr Edgar to train young men for the ministry.
- Thomson's first appointment was to the school department where he taught arithmetic, geography, and bookkeeping for a year before moving to the college department where he became professor of mathematics.
- The second son, born in 1824, is the famous William Thomson, later Lord Kelvin.
- Two years after taking up the professorship his two sons James (then twelve years old) and William (then ten years old) began their university studies at Glasgow.
- These two young men turned out to be Thomson's most talented mathematics students.
- Thomson arrived in Glasgow in 1832 just after a cholera epidemic had passed but it was a second cholera epidemic in 1848 which took his life.
Born 13 November 1786, Annaghmore, near Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Ireland. Died 12 January 1849, Glasgow, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive