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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.
oil on canvas
H 74 x W 63 cm
gift from Sir James Dewar, 1922