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Thompson, Benjamin (Count Rumford)

Born: 1753 AD
Died: 1814 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Physicists


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.


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