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Kelvin, Lord

Sir William Thomson (First Baron Kelvin of Largs), Brit. physicist, 1824–1907.

Kelvin scale

The temperature scale that uses the kelvin as the unit of measurement and in which absolute zero is equal to minus 273.15° on the Celsius scale. On the Kelvin scale the freezing point of water is 273.15°K, and the boiling point 373.15°K.

Kelvin thermometer

A thermometric scale in which absolute zero is 0°K; the freezing point of water is 273.15°K; and the boiling point of water is 373.15°K. Thus 1°K on the Kelvin scale is exactly equivalent to 1°C.
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Lesley added: "The Doctor could have taken classes under Lord Kelvin, including advanced mathematics, as well as using his electrical engineering lab to develop the sonic screwdriver.
Kelvin's ramp In 1887, Lord Kelvin built a glacier-simulating experiment by placing pitch atop a wooden ramp.
Founded in 1906 with British scientist Lord Kelvin as its first president, the IEC is a non-profit, non-governmental international standards organization that covers a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, solar energy, nanotechnology and marine energy as well as many others.
With this achievement I broke the record held by Lord Kelvin, known for the Kelvin scale of temperature measurement, who in 1834, had cleared Class 10 when he was 10 years and four months.
President of that club was Lord Kelvin, who couldn't stand Fogg's crackpot ideas, so set him a challenge in the hope that he would fail and end up with egg on his face.
The two are challenged to travel the world in 80 days by the head of the Royal Academy of Science, Lord Kelvin.
The author's starting point is a quote from Lord Kelvin in 1900 that there was nothing new to be discovered in physics, an opinion which, of course, we now know was spectacularly false.
Its membership has included such illustrious names as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Christopher Wren, and Lord Kelvin.
Proposed by the famous British physicist Lord Kelvin, it had an uncanny resemblance to string theory.
Joseph Hooker, the redoubtable botanist, and Richard Owen, creator of the Natural History Museum in South Kensington; William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, the physicist who did crucial work in laying the first transatlantic cable; Lyon Playfair, chemist and statesman of science; and Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin's bulldog and advocate of scientific and technical education, were among the most formidable members of this group.
That "expert opinion" is often based more on the expert's overconfidence than on sound judgment is illustrated by the otherwise brilliant British mathematician and physicist Lord Kelvin.
Somewhere beneath the load of the emotion-freezing ice which my life had conditioned my brain to produce, a spot of black anger glowed and threw off a hot red light of such intensity that had Lord Kelvin known of its existence, he would have had to revise his measurements.