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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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4796

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Sir William Rothenstein
pencil, 1915
NPG 4796

3256

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Sir Walter Thomas Monnington
chalk, 1932
NPG 3256

x84902

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, December 1936
NPG x84902

x84903

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, December 1936
NPG x84903

x81301

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x81302

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x91564

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91564

x185682

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1921
NPG x185682

x82635

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x47756

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x47757

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x47758

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x47759

Sir Joseph John Thomson

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

x185683

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1933
NPG x185683

D40441

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Francis Dodd
etching, 1925
NPG D40441

D40442

Sir Joseph John Thomson

by Francis Dodd
etching, 1925
NPG D40442

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