1753 – Born in rural Woburn, Massachusetts on the 26th of March.
1769 – While recuperating in Woburn from an injury, Thompson conducted experiments concerning the nature of heat and began to correspond with Loammi Baldwin and others about them.
1772 – Thompson’s prospects were dim but in that year they changed abruptly.
1781 – He conducted experiments concerning the force of gunpowder, the results of which were widely acclaimed when eventually published, in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
1785 – He moved to Bavaria where he became an aide-de-camp to the Prince-elector Karl Theodor.
1789 – He was socially active as founder of Munich’s Englischer Garten.
1797 – He extended his claim about non-conductivity to liquids.
1799 – He divided his time between France and England.
1799 – He established the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
1804 – He married Marie-Anne Lavoisier, the widow of the great French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, his American wife having died since his emigration.
1814 – Died on the 21st of August.