Lord Kelvin: His Influence on Electrical Measurements and Unitsby Paul Tunbridge
Pub. Date: 01/01/1992
Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), arguably Britain's most eminent scientist after Newton, spent much of his life in work which led to the development of today's electrical units and standards. Despite his influence, there are few biographies of stature (largely due to the abstruse nature of much of his technical research). This treatment concentrates upon his work in three phases; discovery of the fundamental concepts and coding them into universal laws, leading the adoption of the metric system, and securing worldwide use of units and standards (now the IEC system).
Table of ContentsKelvin and electrical science
Kelvin and the metric system
metric controversy in Britain and the USA
Kelvin and the British Association electrical units
international electrical congresses
units and standards for the electrical century
Kelvin, Crompton and the electrical industry. Appendices
James Watt and the metric system
Kelvin and screwthread standards
metrication in Britain
international electrotechnical terminology
William Thomson on the "Thomson Effect"
Crompton's evidence at the Board of Trade enquiry 1891.
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