Who is J. J Thomson?
See this site. It was said of him posthumously that,
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: