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September 6 → 10:00 am11:00 am

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

William Thomson, born 200 years ago, never went to school. At the age of 10 he entered Glasgow University, and by the age of 22 was professor of natural philosophy there. He went on to make discoveries in electricity and magnetism, heat and thermodynamics. He also made many inventions, which earned him a fortune, from which he bought a schooner to sail on long voyages. He became the first British scientist in the House of Lords, as Lord Kelvin.

Yet amongst so much glittering success, he told the audience gathered from around the world to mark the 50th year of his Glasgow chair, that his lifetime’s efforts had been a failure. He knew no more of various deep questions of science, he said, than when he taught his first students.

Prof. Graham Machin of the National Physical Laboratory, whose work in heat and temperature measurements builds on Kelvin’s foundations, tell the story of a man who was rightly called a northern wizard.

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