A Thomas Annan photograph of a portrait of James Thomson (1786-1849). The painting was by John Graham-Gilbert.
Thomson was a graduate of the University of Glasgow who was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the Academical Institution in Belfast in 1815. He left the city in 1830 with his two young sons following the death of his wife and was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow. His sons James (1822-1892) and William (1824-1907) matriculated at the University at the ages of 10 and 12. The younger James Thomson became Professor of Engineering at the University 1873-1889, and his brother William became Professor of Natural Philosophy and was ennobled in 1892 as Lord Kelvin.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 920.041435 COR
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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