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Archive for the category “science”

The electron is an Offaly invention

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George Johnstone STONEY, physicist, 1826 – 1911. Born Oakley Park between Clareen and Birr Co. Offaly, died at his home 30 Chepstow Crescent, Notting Hill W11. Of his many important discoveries, his coining of the word ‘electron’ had probably the widest application.

This St Patrick’s Day – Thursday March 17th and again on Sunday 20th March, Tony McDonnell, Blue Badge Tourist Guide will lead two of his famous Emerald City Tours.

Both tours start off from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral at 2:00. The tours take about two and a half hours and are an easy walk – break included. If you can’t find him on the steps, ring him at 07850 184790.

The tour brings Irish history alive like nothing else, listening to Tony is like living the history – take your first step into Irish history of London this month.

 

 

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The coolest scientist

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William Thomson, Lord Kelvin physicist born Belfast 1824 died 1907. President of the Royal Society 1885 – 1890. Interred (near Isaac Newton) in Westminster Abbey.

Among a lifetime of discovery he correctly determined the value of absolute zero, zero degrees Kelvin or minus 273.15 degrees centigrade – the coldest possible temperature and theoretically impossible to reach.

Ireland’s largest emigrant takes centre stage

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Photo: Natural History Museum London by Denis Bourez (France) via WikiCommons Media – our thanks and appreciation.

London’s Natural History Museum announced recently that the skeleton of a blue whale will become their central exhibit in the Museum’s Hintze Hall from summer 2017. The whale was found injured in Wexford Harbour in 1891 and sold to the museum by William Armstrong. An example of the largest creature on Earth, she was 82ft long and weighed about 160 tonnes.

She replaces Dippy the diplodocus dinosaur – any suggestions for a name for the Irish blue whale?

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