James Thomson, brother of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin
James Thomson, noted cell biologist at UW-Madison
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Thomson contended that the speed of a signal through a given core was inversely proportional to the square of the length of the core.
Thomson took part in the laying of the French Atlantic submarine communications cable of 1869, and with Jenkin was engineer of the Western and Brazilian and Platino-Brazilian cables, assisted by vacation student James Alfred Ewing.
Thomson ultimately settled on an estimate that the Earth was 100,000,000 years old but by the time of his death it was becoming apparent that the effects of radioactivity accounted for a much greater age.
Thomson was valedictorian of his class at the Lawrenceville School and received his BA from Yale, where he was chairman of the Yale Daily News.
Thomson would say that his greatest claim to immortality was his coinage, for a Stevenson speech, of the word "brinksmanship" to describe Secretary of State John Foster Dulles’ boast of repeatedly bringing the world to the brink of war as a way of blocking Soviet adventurism.
Thomson was given the assignment, he said, largely because of his prolific writings of op-ed and magazine pieces on public affairs and foreign policy.
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