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Sir Joseph John Thomson

(1856-1940), Physicist

Sitter in 16 portraits
J.J. Thompson was a physicist who helped revolutionise the knowledge of atomic structure by his discovery of the electron in 1897. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1906. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1876, and remained a member of the College for the rest of his life, as a Lecturer, Master and then Professor of Physics. Thomson's early interest in atomic structure was reflected in his Treatise on the Motion of Vortex Rings. His outstanding work was an original study of cathode rays culminating in the discovery of the electron, which he announced in a lecture to the Royal Institution in 1897. He published numerous books and treatises and won many awards and medals for his work.

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Sir Joseph John Thomson, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 4796

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Sir William Rothenstein
pencil, 1915
NPG 4796

Sir Joseph John Thomson, by Sir Walter Thomas Monnington - NPG 3256

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Sir Walter Thomas Monnington
chalk, 1932
NPG 3256

Sir Joseph John Thomson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84902

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, December 1936
NPG x84902

Sir Joseph John Thomson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84903

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, December 1936
NPG x84903

Sir Joseph John Thomson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81301

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 8 December 1936
NPG x81301

Sir Joseph John Thomson, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81302

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 8 December 1936
NPG x81302

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, circa 1910
NPG x91564

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1921
NPG x185682

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Walter Benington, for Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, published 1927
NPG x82635

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 June 1929
NPG x47756

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 June 1929
NPG x47757

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 June 1929
NPG x47758

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 June 1929
NPG x47759

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1933
NPG x185683

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Francis Dodd
etching, 1925
NPG D40441

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Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Francis Dodd
etching, 1925
NPG D40442

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