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Thomas Young (1773-1829), Physician, physicist and Egyptologist

Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Young presented his first paper at the Royal Society at the age of nineteen. He published a series of papers detailing his research into optics and the propagation of sound, and in 1801 was made Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution. In two years, he delivered over a hundred lectures on subjects including mechanics, hydrodynamics, astronomy and physics. He was Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society for twenty-five years and Physician at St. George's hospital from 1811 until his death. He contributed to many journals and wrote over sixty articles for the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Interested in the Rosetta stone and attempts to decipher its hieroglyphics, he also published several pieces on the subject.

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Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075


Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a


'Scientific researches! - new discoveries in pneumaticks! - or - an experimental lecture on the powers of air'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1802
NPG D13036


Thomas Young

by Henry Adlard, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving
NPG D7714


Thomas Young

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 6 April 1830
NPG D20338


Thomas Young

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1953
NPG x92018