sub-fonds 666 - Papers of Lord Kelvin and William Craig Henderson

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Papers of Lord Kelvin and William Craig Henderson


  • 1867-1903 (Creation)

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Knighted, 1866.
Created Baron Kelvin of Largs, 1892.

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These items were all formerly in the possession of William Craig Henderson, who served as Lord Kelvin’s private secretary for two years before he was called to the Bar. 1-6, which bear the handwriting of six famous scientists, were probably given by Kelvin to Henderson as keepsakes; 7-8 were directed to Henderson himself. The papers were presented to Trinity, via the Cavendish Laboratory, by Henderson’s children, Mrs S. Rogers and Mr Kenneth Henderson, on 22 October 2003.

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Mrs S. Rogers and Mr Kenneth Henderson

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These papers comprise five letters to Lord Kelvin (as Sir William Thomson), some lecture notes by him, and two letters to W. Craig Henderson.

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      This description was created by A. C. Green in May 2022.




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