Authorised form of nameThomson; Thomas (1773 - 1852)
Dates1773 - 1852
Dates and placesBirth:
Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland (12 April 1773)
Kilmun, South Clyde (02 July 1852)
Research Field:
University of St Andrews (studied arts); MD (1799, Edinburgh)
Wrote the article "Sea" in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, edited by his brother; published "A system of chemistry" (1831); Lecturer in Chemistry, Edinburgh (1800-1811); published "History of the Royal Society" (1812); edited "Annals of Philosophy"; Lecturer on Chemistry, University of Glasgow (1817); Professor of Chemistry, Glasgow (to 1841)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsFather of Thomas Thomson (FRS 1855); uncle of Robert Dundas Thomson (FRS 1854)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
W V Farrar, 'Andrew Ure, FRS, and the Philosophy of Manufactures' in NR 1972-3 vol 27 pp 299-324
David F Larder, 'Thomas Thomson's Activities in Edinburgh, 1791-1811' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 295-304
J A Chaldecott, 'Cromwell Mortimer, FRS (c. 1698-1752) and the Invention of the Metalline Thermometer for Measuring High Temperatures' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 113-135
N G Coley, 'George Pearson MD, FRS (1751-1828): 'The greatest chemist in England'? in NR 2003 vol 57 pp
W P Griffith and P J T Morris, 'Charles Hatchett FRS (1765 - 1847), chemist and discoverer of niobium' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 299 - 316
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8019
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CB/1/1/219Letter from Claude Louis Berthollet to Charles Blagden27 September 1807
MS/859/2/15Letter from Thomas Thomson, Edinburgh, to Charles Hatchett, Lower Mall, Hammersmith23 February 1805
EC/1811/02Thomson, Thomas: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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