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Authorised form of nameThomson; William (1824 - 1907); Baron Kelvin of Largs; Physicist
Other forms of nameKelvin, Lord
SurnameThomson
ForenamesWilliam
Dates1824 - 1907
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
College Square East, Belfast (26 June 1824)
Death:
Netherhall, near Largs, Ayrshire (17 December 1907)
Burial:
Westminster Abbey
ActivityResearch Field:
Physics
Career:
Fellow, St Peter's College, Cambridge; Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow.
Honours:
Kt 1866; Baron Kelvin 1892; GCVO 1896; OM 1902
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
5/06/1851
Medals/Prizes:
Royal Medal 1856; Copley Medal 1883
Lectures:
Bakerian 1856
Council:
PRS 1890-1895
RelationshipsBrother of James Thomson (FRS 1877); uncle of James Thomson Bottomley (FRS 1888).
Married: 2) Frances Anna, sister of James Bottomley's wife
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc Series A 1908 vol 81 pp iii-lxxvi, three plates, signed by J L
References:
J S Rowlinson, 'Energy in the 19th Century', review of Crosbie Smith, The Science of Energy. A Cultural History of Energy Physics in Victorian Britain in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 281-282
Sir Brian Pippard, 'Genius in Context', review of P M Harman, The Natural Philosophy of James Clerk Maxwell in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 279-281
John Varley Jeffery, 'The Varley Family: Engineers and Artists' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 263-279
Frank A J L James, review of Crosbie Smith and M Norton Wise, Energy and Empire: a Biographical Study of Lord Kelvin in NR 1991 vol 45 pp 122-124
Colin A Russell, review of Donald S L Cardwell, James Joule: A Biography in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 311-313
P M Harman, 'Newton to Maxwell: the Principia and British Physics' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 75-96
Frank A J L James, 'Between Two Scientific Generations: John Herschel's Rejection of the Conservation of Energy in His 1864 Correspondence With William Thomson' in NR 1985-86 vol 40 pp 53-62
Frank A J L James, 'The Conservation of Energy, Theories of Absorption and Resonating Molecules, 1851-1854: G G Stokes, A J Angstrom and W Thomson' in NR 1983-84 vol 38 pp 79-107
David Gooding, 'A Convergence of Opinion on the Divergence of Lines: Faraday and Thomson's Discussion of Diamagnetism' in NR 1981-82 vol 36 pp 243-259
J S Rowlinson, 'The Theory of Glaciers' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 189-204
Otto Mayr, 'Victorian Physicists and Speed Regulation: An Encounter Between Science and Technology' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 205-228
Paul A Tunbridge, 'A Letter by William Thomson, FRS, on the "Thomson Effect"' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 229-232
J T Lloyd, 'Background to the Joule-Mayer Controversy' in NR 1970 vol 25 pp 211-225
Vanity Fair 29 April 1897 - "Natural Philosophy" by 'Spy'
Graeme Gooday, 'A Victorian scientist and engineer', review of Gillian Cookson and Colin Hempstead, 'Fleeming Jenkin and the birth of electrical engineering' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 265-266
J S Rowlinson, 'The work of Thomas Andrews and James Thomson on the liquefaction of gases' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 143-159
W Hayes, 'Physics as well as poetry. Physicists of Ireland, edited by M McCartney and A Whitaker' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 245-246
J S Rowlinson 'Which Kelvin? Degrees Kelvin: a tale of genius, invention, and tragedy, by D Lindley' in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 339-342
T Quinn, 'The Palace of Westminster frescoes, Kelvin's secretary and the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine', in NR 2006 vol 60 pp 135-137
J S Rowlinson, 'Dr Thomas Carver and Lord Kelvin', in NR 2006 vol 60 pp 161-170
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/29592835
Royal Society codeNA8289
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
M/213Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs
NLB/8/94Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to [William Thomson] Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society14 July 1893
NLB/7/936Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President, Royal Society31 May 1893
EC/1851/15Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs: certificate of election to the Royal Society
VF/37"Natural Philosophy"29 April 1897
IM/004577Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004576Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of LargsMarch 2002
MM/10/34Letter from James Dewar, Royal Institution, to Sir William Thomson17 December 1891
MM/10/33Letter from James Dewar, Royal Institution, to Sir William Thomson10 December 1891
MS/743/1/160Letter from William Thomson, Baron Kelvin, Fleming's Hotel, Half Moon Street, to [John Hall] Gladstone8 November 1899
AP/38/9On the Thermal Effects of Fluids in Motion1856
MM/17/50Letter from Karl Pearson [to Herbert Rix]20 March 1892
MS/373/1/44Letter from Lord Kelvin, 15 Eaton Place, to [Thomas Edward] Thorpe28 June 1902
MS/373/1/41Letter from Lord Kelvin, 15 Eaton Place, to [Thomas Edward] Thorpe23 May 1901
AP/37/23On the Thermal Effects of Electric Currents in Unequally Heated Conductors19 April 1854
AP/38/28Dynamical illustrations of the Magnetic and the Helicoidal Rotatory Effects of transparent bodies on polarized light1856
AP/38/24On Peristaltic Induction of Electric Currents1856
AP/70/9On the Measurement of Magnetic Properties of Iron 1894
AP/37/22On the Theory of Electric Telegraph28 October 1854
AP/39/26On the Plasticity of Ice, as Manifested in Glaciers1857
AP/51/14Sketch for Diagram of Pendulum1869
AP/38/30Thermal Effects of Fluids in Motion1856
AP/54/8Experiments made to determine Surface Conductivity for Heat in Absolute Measure1872
AP/39/5On Practical Methods for Rapid Signalling by the Electric Telegraph1856
AP/72/5Method of Determining Freezing Points 1896
MS/743/1/168Letter from William Thomson, Baron Kelvin, 15 Eaton Place to [Silvanus Phillips] Thompson11 July 1906
IM/001675Thomson, William, Lord Kelvin's jubilee at Glasgow University16 June 1896
IM/004563Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004566Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
CD/74Kelvin Centenary1923-1925
IM/004560Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004574Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1854
IM/004582Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004559Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004555Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1999
IM/004586Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004571Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
MM/16/31Report advocating an award from the United States Centennial Commission, for Alexander Graham Bell's electric telephone and multiple telegraph, signed by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin8 July 1876
IM/004561Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1877
IM/004578Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004585Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004568Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1899
NLB/5/319Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society, 137 Ebury Street13 May 1891
P/0079Portrait of Thomson, William; Baron Kelvin of Largs 1898-1899
IM/005231Royal Society Officers circa 1895-1900nd
IM/004583Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004581Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004579Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004572Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
NLB/20/558Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Mrs Bernard Jenkin, 64 Bedford Gardens, Campden Hill, W. 22 May 1900
IM/004587Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
NLB/11/993Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society13 November 1895
NLB/6/497Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Robarts, Lubbock & Company25 May 1892
NLB/6/788Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the publishers of 'Nature'13 July 1892
NLB/7/118Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society5 December 1892
AP/60/18On a Machine for Solving Simultaneous Linear Equations1879
NLB/4/1054Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society7 January 1891
NLB/6/110Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society3 March 1892
NLB/6/741Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Harrison & Sons, St Martins Lane6 July 1892
NLB/6/301Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, Fellow of the Royal Society8 April 1892
NLB/6/624Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society14 June 1892
NLB/6/643Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society20 June 1892
NLB/6/427Copy letter from Michael Foster, to the Secretary, Royal Astronomical Society11 May 1892
NLB/6/804Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the 'Editor', 'Electrical Review'16 July 1892
NLB/6/669Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]23 June 1892
NLB/6/659Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society23 June 1892
NLB/6/812Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Alabaster, Gatehouse & Company, 22 Paternoster Row, E.C. 19 July 1892
NLB/6/787Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], 6 Cadogan Place13 July 1892
NLB/6/1048Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]10 October 1892
NLB/5/166Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Editor of the "Electrical Review", 22 Paternoster Row, E.C.7 April 1891
NLB/5/161Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Trotter, Editor "The Electrician"6 April 1891
NLB/6/827Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President, Royal Society20 July 1892
NLB/5/152Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society3 April 1891
NLB/6/939Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society21 September 1892
NLB/7/546Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Henry G Burdett, The Lodge, Porchester Square, W.10 March 1893
NLB/7/837Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]5 May 1893
NLB/11/296Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons29 May 1895
NLB/7/155Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society12 December 1892
NLB/7/43Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President, Royal Society17 November 1892
NLB/7/626Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]24 March 1893
NLB/7/281Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society11 January 1893
NLB/7/206Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society21 December 1892
NLB/7/1012Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to His Royal Highness the Duke of York15 June 1893
NLB/5/553Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society10 July 1891
NLB/7/221Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]23 December 1892
NLB/7/378Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society1 February 1893
NLB/5/827Copy letter from William Thomson, to Herrn Professor Virchow, Foreign Member of the Royal Society29 October 1891
NLB/11/546Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], 23 Chester Square19 July 1895
NLB/5/922Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society16 November 1891
NLB/7/476Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr Hutchinson, Fellow of the Royal Society, 15 Cavendish Square25 February 1893
NLB/7/493Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr Gill2 March 1893
NLB/5/906Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society12 November 1891
NLB/5/883Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society9 November 1891
NLB/5/929Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society18 November 1891
NLB/7/519Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society6 March 1893
NLB/5/989Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, President of the Royal Society1 December 1891
NLB/7/866Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to Sir Francis Knollys, Marlborough House17 May 1893
NLB/7/596Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to R Wallace Stewart, University College, London20 March 1893
NLB/7/601Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society21 March 1893
NLB/7/586Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Rayleigh [John William Strutt], Secretary, Royal Society18 March 1893
NLB/7/696Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to M C De Candolle, Geneva11 April 1893
NLB/5/1113Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to [William Thomson] President of the Royal Society5 January 1892
NLB/7/912Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to James Thomson, 22 Wentworth Place, Newcastle on Tyne25 May 1893
NLB/7/934Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]29 May 1893
NLB/8/142Copy letter from Theodore E James, to [William Thomson] Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society20 July 1893
NLB/8/147Copy letter from [William Thomson] Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society21 July 1893
NLB/7/807Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society1 May 1893
NLB/7/1019Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir John Evans16 June 1893
NLB/7/864Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to General Sir Francis Walter de Winton17 May 1893
NLB/8/305Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society25 September 1893
NLB/7/1023Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Rayleigh [John William Strutt] 16 June 1893
NLB/15/731Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons29 November 1897
NLB/8/515Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society8 November 1893
NLB/10/338Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society10 November 1894
NLB/10/441Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson] , President of the Royal Society26 November 1894
NLB/10/512Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons7 December 1894
NLB/8/609Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society24 November 1893
NLB/11/305Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Robert Henry Scott, Fellow of the Royal Society29 May 1895
NLB/16/240Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin, Fellow of the Royal Society, The University, Glasgow1 March 1898
NLB/8/1030Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society13 February 1894
NLB/8/946Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society27 January 1894
NLB/8/1036Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society13 February 1894
NLB/10/1044Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons30 March 1895
NLB/10/861Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mrs Tusson21 February 1895
NLB/10/1039Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Sir Francis Knollys27 March 1895
NLB/10/1041Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to G F Bambridge27 March 1895
NLB/10/1040Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Colonel A M Egerton27 March 1895
NLB/10/897Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Harrison & Sons, St Martin's Lane4 March 1895
NLB/10/811Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to James Campbell Irons, 22 York Place, Edinburgh8 February 1895
NLB/11/357Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Harrison & Sons11 June 1895
NLB/9/90Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to Sir Francis KnollysMarch 1894
NLB/9/126Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society4 April 1894
NLB/10/1038Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Major General Sir Francis Walter de Winton27 March 1895
NLB/11/803Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society8 October 1895
NLB/10/1042Copy letter from Colonel A C F Fitzgeorge, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]27 March 1895
NLB/11/78Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to James H Gray, 2 Brick Court, Temple, E.C.11 April 1895
NLB/11/771Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, President of the Royal Society, Netherhall, Largs, Ayrshire2 October 1895
NLB/9/426Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to General Sir Francis de Winton 18 May 1894
NLB/11/844Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Trustees of the Yarrow Convalescent House, 73a Queen Victoria Street, E.C.17 October 1895
NLB/11/802Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President, Royal Society9 October 1895
NLB/9/381Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr Collings9 May 1894
NLB/11/647Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to [Messrs Harrison & Sons]26 August 1895
NLB/11/226Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, [William Thomson], to General Sir Francis Walter de Winton16 May 1895
NLB/14/765Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to The Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society12 May 1897
NLB/11/248Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]20 May 1895
NLB/11/202Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Major General Sir Francis Walter de Winton13 May 1895
NLB/11/281Copy letter from Michael Foster, to the Secretary of the India Office24 May 1895
NLB/11/204Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to G F Bambridge13 May 1895
NLB/11/205Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Sir Francis Knollys13 May 1895
NLB/11/219Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Sir Francis Knollys15 May 1895
NLB/11/227Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to Sir Francis Knollys16 May 1895
NLB/11/220Copy letter from Lord Kelvin, William Thomson, to G F Bambridge15 May 1895
NLB/11/303Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to J R Thomas, 15 Newman Street, Oxford Street, W.29 May 1895
NLB/11/504Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society15 July 1895
NLB/11/554Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Chairman, Physical Education Committee, School Board, Victoria Embankment, W.C.23 July 1895
NLB/9/528Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to Monsieur Loewry, President of the Academie des Sciences de l'Institut de France1 June 1894
NLB/9/753Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Harrison & Sons9 July 1894
NLB/11/783Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society4 October 1895
NLB/11/743Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr Augustus Desire Waller, Fellow of the Royal Society30 September 1895
NLB/11/791Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society8 October 1895
NLB/11/824Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to John Gray, The University, Glasgow11 October 1895
NLB/12/479Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Harrisons & Sons25 February 1896
NLB/12/487Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Harrison & Sons27 February 1896
NLB/11/837Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr Michael Foster, Secretary, Royal Society15 October 1895
NLB/11/813Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir John Evans, Treasurer, Royal Society10 October 1895
NLB/11/912Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Michael Foster, Secretary, Royal Society4 November 1895
NLB/13/119Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Joseph Lister, President, Royal Society17 June 1896
NLB/12/96Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society6 December 1895
NLB/16/693Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin, Fellow of the Royal Society19 May 1898
NLB/13/675Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Robert Henry Scott, Fellow of the Royal Society, 6 Elm Park Gardens, S.W.2 November 1896
NLB/13/674Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Monsieur le Professeur Eleuthere Elie Nicolas Mascart, Foreign Member, Royal Society2 November 1896
NLB/13/693Copy letter from Michael Foster, to Sir Douglas Strutt Galton, British Association for the Advancement of Science5 November 1896
NLB/12/743Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons24 April 1896
NLB/12/44Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society, Fleming's Hotel, Half Moon Street, W.26 November 1895
NLB/12/862Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society21 May 1896
NLB/12/108Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society9 December 1895
NLB/14/91Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society4 January 1897
NLB/12/112Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Director, Science Museum/ South Kensington Museum, South Kensingon, S.W.9 December 1895
NLB/12/244Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Michael Foster, Secretary, Royal Society13 January 1896
NLB/14/438Copy letter from John Evans, to Professor Percy Faraday Frankland, [Fellow of the Royal Society]11 March 1897
NLB/14/90Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to the Right Honorable Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society4 January 1897
NLB/14/467Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Robarts, Lubbock & Company16 March 1897
NLB/22/101Copy note from [Theodore E] James, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society4 March 1901
RR/15/112Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'The conducitivity of gases under the becquerel rays' by Robert John Strutt, Lord RayleighJanuary 1901
RR/15/63Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'The distribution of molecular energy' by James Hopwood Jeans9 July 1900
NLB/8New Letter Book volume 8, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration28 June 1893-8 March 1894
NLB/7New Letter Book volume 7, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration9 November 1892 - 29 June 1893
NLB/14/873Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons1 June 1897
NLB/16/356Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society21 March 1898
RR/3/262Referee's report by John Couch Adams, on a paper 'Elements of a mathematical theory of elasticity' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin1 July 1856
NLB/15/32Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society9 June 1897
NLB/16/98Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society31 January 1898
NLB/15/175Copy telegram from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord [Joseph] Lister, Sir John Evans, Sir Edward Frankland, Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Sir George Stokes, Lord Rayleigh, William Turner Thiselton-Dyer, Sir William Huggins, and Robert Bellamy Clifton, Fellows of the Royal Society[8 July 1897]
NLB/16/49Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]21 January 1898
NLB/16/97Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society31 January 1898
NLB/16/37Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]17 January 1898
NLB/15/337Copy letter from Theodore E James, to J H Whitehead12 August 1897
NLB/15/559Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to The Right Honourable Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society28 October 1897
NLB/16/246Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to R T Glazebrook, [Fellow of the Royal Society]1 March 1898
NLB/16/183Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society17 February 1898
NLB/23/2/150Copy letter from Sir Michael Foster, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society16 December 1901
NLB/15/598Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Richard Tetley Glazebrook, [Fellow of the Royal Society]2 November 1897
NLB/15/748Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons1 December 1897
NLB/15/783Copy letters sent from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Professor John Perry, Fellow of the Royal Society8 December 1897
NLB/16/148Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to R T Glazebrook, [Fellow of the Royal Society]10 February 1898
NLB/17/40Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society7 July 1898
NLB/16/184Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to [R T] Glazebrook, [Fellow of the Royal Society]17 February 1898
NLB/16/815Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons15 June 1898
NLB/17/671Copy account concerning the Lord Kelvin [William Thomson] Portrait Fund[December 1898]
NLB/15/896Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], [Fellow of the Royal Society]10 January 1898
NLB/19/474Copy letter from A L K, to Messrs Harrison & Sons11 October 1899
NLB/20/391Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Mrs Bernard Jenkin, 64 Bedford Gardens, Campden Hill, W.6 April 1900
NLB/20/590Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Thomas Edward Thorpe, Sir Clements Markham, Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Professor Oliver Joseph Lodge, and William Whitaker, [Fellow of the Royal Society]25 May 1900
NLB/20/729Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Thomas Edward Thorpe, Foreign Secretary, Royal Society26 June 1900
NLB/20/762Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Richard Tetley Glazebrook, [Fellow of the Royal Society][3 July 1900]
NLB/23/2/77Copy letter from Sir Michael Foster, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], 15 Eaton Place, S.W.6 June 1901
NLB/22/174Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society18 March 1901
NLB/23/1/864Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society8 February 1902
NLB/27/853Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society12 December 1903
NLB/32/92Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society22 December 1905
NLB/29/854Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to The Right Honorable The Lord Kelvin, [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society21 December 1904
NLB/36/858Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons3 January 1908
NLB/34/327Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to The Right Honorable Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society4 January 1907
NLB/34/657Copy letter from Joseph Larmor, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society21 February 1907
NLB/36/806Copy letter from John William Strutt, President of the Royal Society, to Lord Knollys19 December 1907
NLB/36/807Copy letter from John William Strutt, President of the Royal Society, to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Arthur Bigge19 December 1907
NLB/37/677Copy letter from Alfred Bray Kempe to G H Radcliffe, Chapter Clerk's Office, The Sanctuary, Westminster Abbey30 April 1908
MS/928/2/188Letter from William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, The University, Glasgow, to Charles Vernon Boys16 December 1895
RR/6/8Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'Comparison of magnetic disturbances recorded by the self-registering magnetometers at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, with magnetic disturbances deduced from the corresponding terrestrial galvanic currents recorded by the self-registering galvanometers of the Royal Observatory' by George Biddell Airy8 May 1868
RR/2/93Referee's explanatory note by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On induced and other magnetic forces' by William Snow Harris6 February 1852
RR/2/43Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'An introductory memoir upon quantics' by Arthur Cayley12 August 1854
RR/2/131Referee's report by William Hallowes Miller, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and James Prescott Joule7 July 1853
RR/3/156Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'Introductory research on the induction of magnetism by electrical currents' by James Prescott Joule16 November 1855
RR/4/71Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the mathematical theory of sound' by S Earnshaw20 June 1860
RR/3/261Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'Elements of a mathematical theory of elasticity' by William Thomson18 July 1856
RR/4/271Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on an unnamed paper by John Tyndall3 April 1862
RR/3/266Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'Further researches on the polarity of the diamagnetic force' by John Tyndall20 February 1856
RR/2/248Second referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On molecular influences.—Part I. Transmission of heat through organic structures' by John Tyndall22 March 1853
RR/2/239Referee's report by John Tyndall, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion - Part II' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin and James Prescott Joule31 October 1854
RR/4/272Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the absorption and radiation of heat by gaseous matter - Second memoir' by John Tyndall19 April 1861
RR/2/247Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On molecular influences.—Part I. Transmission of heat through organic structures' by John Tyndall15 June 1852
MS/928/2/187Letter from William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, The University, Glasgow, to Charles Vernon Boys11 December 1895
RR/4/258Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On internal radiation in uniaxal crystals' by Balfour Stewart10 July 1861
RR/5/59Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on two papers 'Researches on solar physics. Heliographical positions and areas of sun-spots observed with the Kew photoheliograph during the years 1862 and 1863' and 'Researches on solar physics.-No. II. The positions and areas of the spots observed at Kew during the years 1864-66, also the spotted area of the sun's visible disk from the com­mencement of 1832 up to May 1868' by Warren De La Rue, Balfour Stewart and Benjamin Loewy1 June 1865
RR/4/273Referee's report by William Thomson, on a paper 'On the absorption and radiation of heat by gaseous matter - Second memoir' by John Tyndall[1861]
RR/5/137Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field' by James Clerk Maxwell15 March 1865
RR/5/100Telegram from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Further inquiries concerning the laws and operation of electrical force' by William Snow Harris to George Gabriel Stokes22 December 1864
RR/4/176Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the electric conducting power of alloys' by Augutsus Matthiessen[1860]
RR/5/128Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion.— Part IV' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and James Prescott Joule10 July 1862
RR/5/126Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Experimental researches on the transmission of electric signals through submarine cables.-Part I. Laws of transmission through various lengths of one cable' by Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin1 May 1862
RR/4/265Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion - Part III - On the changes of tem­perature experienced by bodies moving through air' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin and James Prescott Joule29 June 1860
RR/5/158Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the true theory of pressure as applied to elastic fluids' by R MoonFebruary 1863
RR/5/96Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On some new phenomena of residuary charge, and the law of exploding distance of electrical accumulation on coated glass' by William Snow Harris25 October 1861
RR/5/159Detailed referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the true theory of pressure as applied to elastic fluids' by R Moonnd [1863]
RR/5/215Second referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On plane water-lines in two dimensions' by William John Macquorn Rankine18 February 1864
RR/5/214Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On plane water-lines in two dimensions' by William John Macquorn Rankine17 February 1864
RR/5/271Referee's report by William Hopkins, on a paper 'On the rigidity of the earth' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin24 March 1863
RR/5/217Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On electrical partial discharges' by Riess[1861]
RR/5/273Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the relation of radiant heat to aqueous vapour' by John Tyndall18 March 1863
RR/5/276Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on the Bakerian Lecture 'Contributions to molecular physics.— Being the fifth memoir of researches on radiant heat' by John Tyndall14 June 1864
RR/7/369Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On attraction and repulsion resulting from radiation - Part II' by William Crookes16 June 1875
RR/6/186Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On Poisson’s solution of the accurate equations applicable to the transmission of sound through a cylindrical tube; and on the general solution of partial differential equations' by R Moon20 March 1867
RR/7/166Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Researches on solar physics - part III' by Warren De La Rue, Balfour Stewart and Benjamin Loewy17 October 1872
RR/7/141Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Polarization of metallic surfaces in aqueous solutions. On a new method of obtaining electricity from mechanical force, and certain relations between electrostatic induction and the decomposition of water' by Cromwell Fleetwood Varley5 January 1871
RR/8/16Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'Experimental researches on the electric discharge with the chloride of silver battery' by Warren de la Rue and Hugo Muller21 November 1877
RR/8/110Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'New determination of the mechanical equivalent of heat' by James Prescott Joule6 April 1878
RR/7/220Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'Magnetical observations in the Britannia and Conway tubular iron bridges' by George Biddell Airy21 April 1873
RR/8/147Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'The contact theory of voltaic action.—Paper No. III' by William Edward Ayrton and John Perry29 October 1878
RR/8/94Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Experimental researches on the electric discharge with the chloride of silver battery' by Warren de la Rue and Hugo Müller3 May 1878
RR/8/73Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Gabriel Stokes, regarding a paper 'On the increase in resistance to the passage of an electric current produced on certain wires by stretching' by Herbert Tomlinson30 April 1877
RR/8/91Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the bodily tides of viscous and semi-elastic spheroids, and on the ocean tides upon a yielding nucleus' by George Howard Darwinnd [1878]
RR/7/308Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On electrotorsion' by George Gore30 March 1874
RR/8/123Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On stresses in rarified gases arising from inequalities of temperature' by James Clerk Maxwell15 June 1878
RR/7/294Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the action of heat on gravitating masses' by William Crookes18 February 1874
RR/8/155Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Experimental researches on the electric discharge with the chloride of silver battery' by Warren de la Rue and Hugo Müller29 November 1879
RR/9/88Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the vibrations of a vortex ring, and the action upon each other of two vortices in a perfect fluid' by Joseph John Thomson21 March 1882
RR/7/357Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the forms of equipotential curves and surfaces and on lines of flow' by W G Adams15 June 1875
RR/7/414Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on his paper 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals (continued from Phil. Trans. Vol. 146. Read Feb. 28, 1856). —Part VI. effects of stress on magnetization' to the Secretary of the Royal Society27 January 1875
RR/7/415Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on his paper 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals (continued from Phil. Trans. Vol. 146. Read Feb. 28, 1856). —Part VI. effects of stress on magnetization' to the Secretary of the Royal Society14 February 1875
RR/7/467Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the refraction of sound by the atmosphere' by Osborne Reynolds28 March 1876
RR/7/418Referee's report by James Clerk Maxwell, on a paper 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals (continued from Phil. Trans. Vol. 146. Read Feb. 28, 1856). —Part VI. effects of stress on magnetization' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin to the Secretary of the Royal Society1875
RR/8/228Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the motion of two spheres in a fluid' by William Mitchinson Hicks6 January 1880
RR/8/283Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the tidal friction of a planet attended by several satellites, and on the evolution of the solar system' by George Howard Darwin5 May 1881
RR/8/194Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Gabriel Stokes, regarding a paper 'On certain dimensional properties of matter in the gaseous state. - Part I. Experimental researches on thermal transpiration of gases through porous plates and on the laws of transpiration and impulsion, including an experimental proof that gas is not a continuous plenum. - Part II. On an extension of the dynamical theory of gas, which includes the stresses, tangential and normal, caused by a varying condition of gas, and affords an explanation of the phenomena of transpiration and impulsion' by Osborne Reynolds3 September 1879
RR/8/195Second letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Gabriel Stokes, regarding a paper 'On certain dimensional properties of matter in the gaseous state. - Part I. Experimental researches on thermal transpiration of gases through porous plates and on the laws of transpiration and impulsion, including an experimental proof that gas is not a continuous plenum. - Part II. On an extension of the dynamical theory of gas, which includes the stresses, tangential and normal, caused by a varying condition of gas, and affords an explanation of the phenomena of transpiration and impulsion' by Osborne Reynolds10 September 1879
RR/8/237Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the induction of electric currents in infinite plates and spherical shells' by Charles Niven4 November 1880
RR/8/282Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the viscosity of gases at high exhaustions' by William Crookes30 March 1881
RR/8/229Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Electrostatic capacity of glass, II., and of liquids' by John Hopkinson11 January 1881
RR/9/86Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Experiments to determine the value of the British association unit of resistance in absolute measure' by John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh23 April 1882
RR/9/127Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the changes which take place in the deviations the standard compass in the iron armour-plated, iron, and composite-built ships of the Royal Navy, on a considerable change of magnetic latitude' by Ettrick William Creak11 April 1883
RR/9/189Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the determination of the number of electrostatic units in the electromagnetic unit of electricity' by Joseph John Thomson14 August 1883
RR/9/234Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the transfer of energy in the electromagnetic field' by John Henry Poynting11 April 1884
RR/9/277Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the steady motion and small vibrations a hollow vortex. Part II' by William Mitchinson Hicks8 October 1885
RR/9/284Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Magnetisation of iron' by John Hopkinson8 October 1885
RR/9/315Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On some applications of dynamical principles to physical phenomena' by Joseph John Thomson3 April 1885
RR/10/337Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on the Bakerian Lecture 'On tidal prediction' by George Howard Darwin23 December 1890
RR/10/387Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the causes of terrestrial magnetism' by Henry Wilde8 May 1890
RR/10/319Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the extension and flexure of cylindrical and spherical thin elastic shells' by Alfred Barnard Basset13 February 1890
RR/9/411Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'The influence of stress and strain on the physical properties of matter. Part I. Elasticity—continued. The effect of magnetisation on the elasticity and the internal friction of metals' by Herbert Tomlinson14 October 1886
RR/12/76Third letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Howard Darwin, regarding a paper 'On the straining of the Earth resulting from secular cooling' by Charles Davison7 February 1894
RR/12/74Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Howard Darwin, regarding a paper 'On the straining of the Earth resulting from secular cooling' by Charles Davison3 February 1894
RR/11/240Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'A new portable miner's safety-lamp, with hydrogen attachment for delicate gas-testing; with exact measurements of flame-cap indications furnished by this and other testing lamps' by Frank Clowes25 January 1893
RR/12/287Letter from George Hartley Bryan, to William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, regarding a paper 'On the applications of the kinetic theory to dense gases' by Samuel Hawksley Burbury18 July 1895
RR/12/288Letter from Joseph Larmor, to William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, regarding a paper 'On the applications of the kinetic theory to dense gases' by Samuel Hawksley Burbury20 July 1895
RR/12/286Two letters from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Hartley Bryan, regarding a paper 'On the applications of the kinetic theory to dense gases' by Samuel Hawksley Burbury6 July 1895
RR/12/289Second letter from Joseph Larmor, to William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, regarding a paper 'On the applications of the kinetic theory to dense gases' by Samuel Hawksley Burbury17 September 1895
RR/5/101Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Further inquiries concerning the laws and operation of electrical force' by William Snow Harris22 December 1864
RR/2/66Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'Experimental researches in electricity' [28th or 29th series] by Michael Faraday3 May 1852
RR/8/153Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on two papers 'On the precession of a viscous spheroid, and on the remote history of the Earth' and 'Problems connected with the tides of viscous spheroid' by George Howard Darwin13 May 1879
RR/5/47Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the nature of the sun’s magnetic action upon the earth' by Charles Chambers28 October 1863
RR/2/237Referee's report by John Frederick William Herschel, on a paper 'A mathematical theory of magnetism' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin6 July 1850
RR/6/179Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the dynamical theory of gases' by James Clerk Maxwell13 October 1866
RR/13/202Referee's report by Oliver Joseph Lodge, on a paper 'Electrification of air, of vapour of water, and of other gases' by William Thomson, Magnus Maclean and Alexander Galt3 July 1897
RR/10/95Second referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'Some applications of dynamical principles to physical phenomena.—Part II' by Joseph John Thomson17 June 1887
RR/13/204Referee's report by Joseph John Thomson, on a paper 'Electrification of air, of vapour of water, and of other gases' by William Thomson, Magnus Maclean and Alexander Galt1 November 1897
RR/13/203Referee's report by Arnold William Reinold, on a paper 'Electrification of air, of vapour of water, and of other gases' by William Thomson, Magnus Maclean and Alexander Galt12 July 1897
RR/8/284Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on two papers 'On the stresses caused in the interior of the earth by the weight of continents and mountains' by George Howard Darwin, and 'On the limit of the liquid state' by J B Hannay30 October 1881
RR/4/136Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the construction of a new calorimeter for determining the radiating powers of surfaces in air; and its application to the surfaces of various mineral substances' by William Hopkins[1860]
RR/3/202Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the theory of internal resistance and internal friction in fluids; and on the theories of sound and of auscultation' by Robert Moon9 July 1858
RR/4/135Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the construction of a new calorimeter for determining the radiating powers of surfaces in air; and its application to the surfaces of various mineral substances' by William Hopkins[1860]
RR/4/68Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the analytical theory of the attraction of solids bounded by surfaces of a hypothetical class including the ellipsoid' by William Fishburn Donkin15 February 1860
RR/7/8Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the cause and theoretic value of the resistance of flexure in beams' by William Henry Barlow8 June 1870
RR/7/132Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine and William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the unequal distribution of weight and support in ships, and its effects in still water, in waves, and in exceptional positions on shore' by Edward James Reed8 March 1871
RR/7/416Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on his paper 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals (continued from Phil. Trans. Vol. 146. Read Feb. 28, 1856). —Part VI. effects of stress on magnetization' to the Secretary of the Royal Society14 July 1875
RR/7/380Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on two papers 'On the tides of the Arctic Seas. - Part IV. On the tides of Northumberland sound, at the Northern outlet Wellington channel' and 'On the tides of the arctic seas. - Part V. On the tides of refuge cove, wellington channel' by Samuel Haughton16 June 1875
RR/9/90Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'The influence of stress and strain on the action of physical forces' by Herbert Tomlinson18 March 1882
RR/12/73Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the straining of the Earth resulting from secular cooling' by Charles Davison1 February 1894
RR/10/136Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On Aeolotropic elastic solids' by Charles Chree16 August 1888
RR/4/137Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the construction of a new calorimeter for determining the radiating powers of surfaces in air; and its application to the surfaces of various mineral substances' by William Hopkins17 December 1860
RR/7/52Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the thermodynamic theory of waves of finite longitudinal disturbance' by William John Macquorn Rankine to the Secretary of the Royal Society9 March 1870
NLB/65/368Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Scott] Sherrington [President of the Royal Society], GBE, FRS20 October 1923
RR/10/139Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, regarding a paper 'On Aeolotropic elastic solids' by Charles Chree8 November 1888
RR/8/144Referee's report by George Carey Foster, on two papers 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals.—Part VII. Effects of stress on the magnetization of iron, nickel, and cobalt' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and 'Measurements of electrical constants. No. II. On the specific inductive capacities of certain dielectrics. Part I' by J E H Gordon25 July 1878
RR/8/221Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the relation between the diurnal range of magnetic declination and horizontal force, as observed at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, during the years 1841 to 1877, and the period of solar spot frequency' by William Ellis6 January 1880
AP/45/4Atmospheric Electricity at Windsor, Nova Scotia1864
MS/427/156Copy letter from [Michael] Foster, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Henry Charles] Fleeming Jenkins and Dr. [John] Hopkinson21 January 1882
MS/427/57Copy letter from Walter White, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. Sir [William]Thomson [Lord Kelvin?]4 October 1880
MS/427/204Copy letter from [Michael] Foster, Secretary of the Royal Society; to [David] Milne Home Esq. Milne Garden. Coldstream. Scotland27 May 1882
MS/427/307Copy letter from Walter White, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Hon. C. W. Fremantle3 November 1883
MS/427/134Copy letter from [Thomas Henry] Huxley, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Colonel [John] Donnelly1 November 1881
MS/426/471Note of a letter from [the Secretaries of] the Royal Society; to various Fellows15 July 1852
MM/21/46Letter from William Thomson, Baron Kelvin to Edward Sabine4 October 1853
IM/004565Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004556Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of LargsMarch 2002
IM/004575Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1907
MM/16/32Letter from William Thomson, 1st Lord Kelvin, Glasgow University, to George Gabriel Stokes15 April 1882
V/002Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs
NLB/7/957Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson]2 June 1893
IM/004573Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1877
MM/16/57Letter from James Clerk Maxwell, Glenlair, to George Gabriel Stokes2 September 1879
MM/6/84Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, 6 Cadogan Place, to Courtenay Boyle6 May 1892
IM/Maull/004570Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1906
IM/004584Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004616Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004580Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/005599Swinton, Alan Archibald Campbell1896
NLB/4/1100Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir William Thomson, Fellow of the Royal Society17 January 1891
NLB/6/577Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society3 June 1892
NLB/5/322Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Archibald Barr, Royston, Dowanhill, Glasgow13 May 1891
NLB/7/198Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to Professor Louis Pastuer, Member of the Institute of France19 December 1892
NLB/8/163Copy letter from Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], to Joseph Henry Gilbert, Fellow of the Royal Society[24 July 1893]
NLB/8/500Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], [President of the Royal Society]4 November 1893
NLB/10/265Copy letter from Michael Foster, to Sir Clements Robert Markham, President of the Royal Geographical Society2 November 1894
NLB/8/681Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society8 December 1893
NLB/8/701Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society11 December 1893
NLB/11/340Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Secretary, General Post Office7 June 1895
NLB/9/797Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to George Draper, Secretary, Eastern Telegraph Company, Winchester House, 50 Old Broad Street, E.C.13 July 1894
NLB/9/877Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to W Graham Greene, Admiralty, Whitstable24 July 1894
NLB/12/845Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to the Secretary, College of Preceptors, Bloomsbury Square, W.C.18 May 1896
NLB/15/165Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir George Gabriel Stokes, Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Lord Rayleigh [John William Strutt], Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, and Sir Edward Frankland, Fellows of the Royal Society7 July 1897
NLB/16/5Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society11 January 1898
NLB/16/68Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society24 January 1898
NLB/16/210Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Professor [Arthur] Schuster22 February 1898
NLB/16/331Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society18 March 1898
NLB/15/601Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Leonard Blaikie, Secretary, National Physical LAboratory Committee, 32 Abingdon Street, Westminster, S.W.3 November 1897
NLB/16/805Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Erskine Murray8 June 1898
RR/2/238Referee's report by William Hopkins, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion - Part II' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and James Prescott Joule17 October 1854
RR/3/229Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine12 January 1855
RR/4/213Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the thermo-dynamic theory of steam-engines with dry saturated steam, and its application to practice' by William John Macquorn Rankine11 May 1859
RR/5/97Letter from William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, to George Gabriel Stokes, regarding a paper 'On some new phenomena of residuary charge, and the law of exploding distance of electrical accumulation on coated glass' by William Snow Harris29 October 1861
RR/2/253Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on the Bakerian Lecture 'On the nature of the force why which bodies are repelled from the poles of a magnet; to which is prefixed, an account of some experiments on molecular influences' by John Tyndall[1855]
RR/5/277Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the relative speed of the electric wave through submarine cables of different lengths, and a unit of speed for comparing electric cables by bisecting the electric wave' by Cromwell Fleetwood Varley16 June 1863
RR/5/274Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the absorption and radiation of heat by gaseous and liquid matter.—Fourth memoir' by John Tyndall28 October 1863
RR/6/188Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the integrability of certain partial differential equations proposed by Mr. Airy' by R Moon16 August 1867
RR/8/71Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the increase in resistance to the passage of an electric current produced on certain wires by stretching' by Herbert Tomlinsonnd [1877]
RR/8/143Referee's report by James Clerk Maxwell, on a paper 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals.—Part VII. Effects of stress on the magnetization of iron, nickel, and cobalt' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin3 June 1878
RR/7/483Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On determining the depth of the sea without the use of the sounding-line' by Charles William Siemens8 March 1876
RR/10/93Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'Some applications of dynamical principles to physical phenomena.—Part II' by Joseph John Thomson6 May 1887
RR/9/309Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'The theory of continuous calculating machines and of a mechanism of this class on a new principle' by Henry Selby Hele Shaw22 January 1885
RR/12/75Second letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, to George Howard Darwin, regarding a paper 'On the straining of the Earth resulting from secular cooling' by Charles Davison6 February 1894
RR/8/25Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the tides of the Arctic Seas. Part VII. Tides of port Kennedy, in Bellot Strait. (Final discussion.)' by Samuel Haughton9 May 1877
RR/11/261Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'The value of the mechanical equivalent of heat, deduced from some experiments performed with the view of establishing the relation between the electrical and mechanical units; together with an investigation into the capacity for heat of water at different temperatures' by Ernest Howard Griffiths 31 January 1893
RR/8/319Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On toroidal functions' by William Mitchinson Hicks20 June 1881
RR/8/219Letter from George Howard Darwin, to William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, regarding a paper 'On the secular changes in the elements of the orbit of a satellite revolving about a tidally distorted planet' by Thomas Edward Thorpe27 June 1880
RR/6/181Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On a method of making a direct comparison of electrostatic with electro­magnetic force; with a note on the electromagnetic theory of light' by James Clerk Maxwell, and 'Researches on solar physics. Heliographical positions and areas of sun-spots observed with the Kew photoheliograph during the years 1862 and 1863' by Warren De La Rue, Balfour Stewart and Benjamin Loewy19 October 1868
RR/7/51Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the thermodynamic theory of waves of finite longitudinal disturbance' by William John Macquorn Rankine7 March 1870
RR/7/151Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Experiments on the directive power of large steel magnets, of bars of magnetized soft iron, and of galvanic coils, in their action on external small magnets. With appendix, containing an investigation of the attraction of a galvanic coil on a small magnetic mass' by George Biddell Airy10 May 1872
RR/7/417Letter from James Clerk Maxwell, on a paper 'Electrodynamic qualities of metals (continued from Phil. Trans. Vol. 146. Read Feb. 28, 1856). —Part VI. effects of stress on magnetization' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin to the Secretary of the Royal Society16 July 1875
NLB/57/701Copy letter from Sir William Bate Hardy, FRS, Secretary of the Royal Society [?]; to Admiral Sir Henry B [Braderwine] Jackson, FRS, GCB20 January 1920
RR/8/72Letter from James Clerk Maxwell, to William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, regarding a paper 'On the increase in resistance to the passage of an electric current produced on certain wires by stretching' by Herbert Tomlinson24 April 1877
NLB/16New Letter Book volume 16, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration11 January 1898-29 June 1898
IM/Maull/004617Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004562Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1877
NLB/5/826Copy letter from William Thomson, to Herrn Professor Helmholtz, Foreign Member of the Royal Society29 October 1891
NLB/8/573Copy letter from Herbert Rix, Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], President of the Royal Society17 November 1893
NLB/10/733Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Michael Foster28 January 1895
NLB/10/988Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Andrew Ainslie Common, Fellow of the Royal Society18 March 1895
NLB/10/1009Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the President, Paisley Philosophical Institution, 3 County Place, Paisley22 March 1895
NLB/11/831Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Wyndham Rowland Dunstan, Fellow of the Royal Society, St Thomas's Hospital, S.E.14 October 1895
NLB/11/817Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor Michael Foster, Secretary, Royal Society10 October 1895
NLB/18/818Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Clements R Markham, Fellow of the Royal Society19 May 1899
NLB/20/464Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker and Michael Foster, to the Secretaries, Königlich Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Universitatsstrase, 8, Berlin, NW728 April 1900
NLB/20/734Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Lord Kelvin [William Thomson], Fellow of the Royal Society27 June 1900
RR/2/92Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On induced and other magnetic forces' by William Snow Harris6 February 1852
RR/6/11Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the diurnal and annual inequalities of terrestrial magnetism, as deduced from observations made at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, from 1858 to 1863; being a continuation of a communication on the diurnal inequalities from 1841 to 1857, printed in the Philosophical Transactions, 1863. With a note on the lunodiurnal and other lunar inequalities, as deduced from observations extending from 1848 to 1863' by George Biddell Airy30 March 1869
RR/6/178Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on the Bakerian Lecture 'On the viscosity or internal friction of air and other gases' by James Clerk Maxwell11 April 1866
RR/7/28Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'Researches on solar physics - No. II. The positions and areas of the spots observed at Kew during the years 1864, 1865, 1866, also the spotted area the sun's visible disk from the commencement of 1832 up to May 1868' by Warren De La Rue, Balfour Stewart and Benjamin Loewy11 June 1870
RR/8/14Referee's report by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, on a paper 'On the influence of geological changes on the earth's axis of rotation' by George Howard Darwin7 March 1877
RR/8/261Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin to George Gabriel Stokes9 November 1880
RR/9/188Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Experiments, by the method of Lorentz, for the further determination the absolute value of the British Association Unit of Resistance, with an appendix on the determination of the pitch of a standard tuning-fork' by John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh and Nevil Vincent Sidgwick20 February 1883
NLB/5New Letter Book volume 5, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration13 February 1891-5 February 1892
RR/8/189Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On certain dimensional properties of matter in the gaseous state. - Part I. Experimental researches on thermal transpiration of gases through porous plates and on the laws of transpiration and impulsion, including an experimental proof that gas is not a continuous plenum. - Part II. On an extension of the dynamical theory of gas, which includes the stresses, tangential and normal, caused by a varying condition of gas, and affords an explanation of the phenomena of transpiration and impulsion' by Osborne Reynolds13 May 1879
IM/004567Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/004569Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1846
IM/004558Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1874
IM/004564Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largsnd
IM/000008British Association Meeting in Newcastle1889
IM/004557Thomson, William, Baron Kelvin of Largs1874
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