Lesson #106: Lord Kelvin’s Surprising Birthplace

This is a short post just because it’s nothing more than a random, interesting tidbit I learned today.

Though educated in Scotland, Lord Kelvin, most famous to those of us who stopped taking science classes at the age of 18, for establishing the point of absolute zero*, was born in Belfast, Ireland and lived there until the age of 9 whereupon his father accepted a post at the University of Glasgow.**

*Also for formulating the first and second laws of thermodynamics (the first one is that pesky “energy can neither be created nor destroyed” one), developing an accurate mariner’s compass and his work on the transatlantic telegraph system.

**A biography of Lord Kelvin can be read here.

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