# Who is J. J Thomson?

Jan 3, 2017

$\text{Joseph John Thomson, 1856-1940.}$

#### Explanation:

See this site. It was said of him posthumously that,

$\text{He, more than any other man, was responsible for the}$ $\text{fundamental change in outlook which distinguishes}$
$\text{the physics of this century from that of the last.}$

Thomson was a full professor at 28 years of age (an amazing accomplishment, and a tribute to his peers who unjealously recognized his precocious ability), and succeeded Lord Rayleigh as Cavendish Professor at Cambridge. Thomson was awarded the Nobel prize in 1906........

I cannot find the quote, but there was a public comment in the 19th century by a Manchester alderman, who deprecated the value of book learning, who said:

$\text{There was a clever, little boy with us at school, little Joey}$ $\text{Thomson, who won all the prizes. But whoever hears of Joey}$
$\text{Thomson now, what did all his learning do for him?}$

Of course $\text{Joey Thomson}$ was the same $\text{Joseph John Thomson}$.