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Magnet belonging to Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

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Postcard of Magnet belonging to Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson).
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Magnet belonging to Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson)

This horseshoe magnet was used by Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin of Largs while studying the electro-dynamic properties of metals. It dates from 1856.

This horseshoe magnet is made form nickel.

Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin of Largs, 1824-1907, contributed much to the study of electricity, magnetism and heat. He designed several scientific instruments and worked to establish international electrical units and standards.


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Online ID: 000-000-099-949-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1925.67
Date: 1856
Pre 1856
Material: Nickel
Dimensions: 63 mm L x 10 mm D
What: Magnet, horseshoe
Subject: 8. ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, Magnetism (Departmental Classification)
22. PHYSICS, Magnetism and Electricity (Departmental Classification)
Who: Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson) (scientist and inventor)
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Description: Horseshoe magnet of nickel used by Lord Kelvin in 1856
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