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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.
by William Walker
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1802