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'Lord Cable': telegraphy, empire, and the making of Lord Kelvin PRS

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November
162007

13:00 - 14:00

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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Professor Bruce J Hunt, Department of History, University of Texas

Sir William Thomson, known to later generations as Lord Kelvin, was the quintessential Victorian physicist. He was also a leading figure in the development of the submarine cable network that linked the far-flung British Empire. This talk will examine how closely telegraphy and physics were intertwined in Kelvin's career.

'Lord Cable': telegraphy, empire, and the making of Lord Kelvin PRS The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK