Who is J. J Thomson?

1 Answer
Jan 3, 2017

Answer:

#"Joseph John Thomson, 1856-1940."#

Explanation:

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

#"He, more than any other man, was responsible for the"# #"fundamental change in outlook which distinguishes"#
#"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:

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

Of course #"Joey Thomson"# was the same #"Joseph John Thomson"#.