|Lord Kelvin and the Atlantic Cable. |
It was June 24, 1824 in Belfast, Ireland, where university professor James Thomson and his wife, Margaret had their second son, William. Little did they suspect the many tragedies and triumphs that lay ahead for little William and the world-changing effect that his work in physics and engineering would have. William, later to become Sir William, Baron Kelvin of Largs, achieved a monumental work in his lifetime. He had a key role in the successful laying of the first transatlantic communications cable and he established the absolute (Kelvin) temperature scale.
|Tickling the Dragon’s Tail.|
It is a little known fact that the scientist who was a key figure in assembling the first 'atomic' bomb ever to be exploded was a native Winnipegger, Louis Slotin. When Louis completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1936, he tried, unsuccessfully, to get a position with the National Research Council in Canada. Instead, Slotin moved to Chicago and ended up working in the famous Met Lab where the first sustained nuclear reaction was carried out. From there he was drafted into the crucial bomb-construction phase of the Manhattan Project and, amazingly, he was the lead assembler of the first atomic bomb.