James Prescott Joule

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Date of Birth December 24, 1818
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Oct 11, 1889 (70)
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James Prescott Joule

James Prescott Joule was an English physicist, mathematician and brewer, born in Salford, Lancashire. Joule studied the nature of heat, and discovered its relationship to mechanical work. This led to the law of conservation of energy, which in turn led to the development of the first law of thermodynamics. The SI derived unit of energy, the joule, is named after him. He worked with Lord Kelvin to develop an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale, which came to be called the Kelvin scale. Joule also made observations of magnetostriction, and he found the relationship between the current through a resistor and the heat dissipated, which is also called Joule's first law. His experiments about energy transformations were first published in 1843.

Born: December 24, 1818, Salford, Lancashire, England
Died: October 11, 1889, Sale, Cheshire, England
Citizenship: British
Fields: Physics
Known for: First law of thermodynamics, Disproving caloric theory
Influences: John Dalton, John Davies
Notable awards: Royal Medal (1852), Copley Medal (1870), Albert Medal (1880)
Children: Benjamin Arthur, Alice Amelia, Henry

About James Prescott Joule

Scientist whose discoveries in heat and energy led to the Law of conservation of energy and the First law of thermodynamics.

James Prescott Joule Before Fame

In 1845, he published a paper observing that mechanical power can be turned into heat.

Achievement of James Prescott Joule

The international unit of movement and heat was named "joule" after his advancements in science and thermodynamics.

James Prescott Joule Family Life

He married Amelia Grimes.

Associations of James Prescott Joule

He used discoveries by Sir Isaac Newton to help understand his findings.

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