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ARCHITECTURAL PLANS FOR BALGOWAN HOUSE.. A mid-19th century Scottish architect's plans, compiled on behalf of William Thomson, for Balgowan House, 123 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, with plans for the residence floor-by-floor and roof, the foundations and outline of the sewers, Jacobethan Baronial architectural elevations en grisaille watercolour, further transverse sections, dated 1849.

 Oblong folio, each page 31cm x 44.5cm, loosley inserted are sketches of its elevations in pencil or watercolour on paper, green cloth clad boards, calf spine. Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) Physicist and Engineer. William Thomson was born on 26 June 1824 in Belfast. He was taught by his father, a professor of mathematics. In 1832, the family moved to Glasgow where Thomson attended university from the age of 10, subsequently studying at Cambridge and Paris universities. In 1846 he became professor of natural philosophy in Glasgow, a post he would hold for more than 50 years. In Glasgow, Thomson created the first physics laboratory in Britain. He was a pioneer in many different fields, particularly electromagnetism and thermodynamics. Together with Faraday, he was responsible for the introduction of the concept of an electromagnetic field. In thermodynamics, Thomson assimilated and developed the work of the pioneers of the subject, Nicolas Carnot and James Joule. One of the most important results of his work was his idea of an absolute zero of temperature - the scale based on this is named after him.

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