Lot 235: J. J. Thomson

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:51:48


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Lot 235: Important English physicist (1856–1940) who received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1906 for his discovery and identification of the electron. Rare ALS, one page, 4.5 x 7, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge letterhead, June 5, 1905. Letter concerning his important laboratory. In full: "I think you must be under some misapprehension as to the nature of this institution. It is a Physical Laboratory and not a School. It is attended by Members of the University, undergraduates and graduates. I am writing so that you may be spared the trouble of an inspection which I do not think would serve any helpful purpose." In fine condition, with some trivial mirroring of ink. Thomson was appointed to the esteemed Cavendish Professorship of Experimental Physics in 1884 and made his most important scientific breakthroughs in their lab at Cambridge. In addition to conducting his own research, Thomson was a talented teacher—seven of his students went on to win Nobel Prizes themselves, as did his son. He himself was awarded the Prize the year after penning this letter. A superb and exceedingly rare example. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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