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Thomas Young (1773–1829)

Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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Thomas Young qualified and practiced as a physician but had many other interests. He was Secretary to the Board of Longitude, worked on translating Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, proposed a form of the wave theory of light and also worked on physiological optics. Young was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy in 1801 at the Royal Institution (Ri). As Professor his job was to promote science through lectures and demonstrations but, despite being an excellent researcher, Young was not an inspiring speaker and he left in 1803.

The Royal Institution

London

  • Date

    1922

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    74 x 63 cm

  • Accession number

    RIIC 0492

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Sir James Dewar, 1922

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