Thomson, James (1786-1849)


Mathematician and teacher. Father of Professor James Thomson (1822-92) and William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907). b. Annaghmore, Co. Down, 17 Nov 1786. Educated at home by his father with subsequent instruction at Ballykine School near Ballynahinch, and, from 1810-12, at Glasgow University. 1814 appointed headmaster of the school of ‘arithmetic, bookkeeping and geography’ at Belfast Academical Institute, and, in 1815, professor of mathematics in its collegiate department. 1832 appointed Professor of Mathematics at Glasgow University. d. Glasgow, 12 Jan 1849. Source: Dictionary of National Biography (1895)