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

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Add. MS a/666


Papers of Lord Kelvin and William Craig Henderson


  • 1867-1903 (Creation)

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8 items

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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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The papers have been arranged in chronological order.

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




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