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In the academic year 1839/1840, Thomson won the class prize in astronomy for his Essay on the figure of the Earth which showed an early facility for mathematical analysis and creativity.

Throughout his life, he would work on the problems raised in the essay as a coping strategy during times of personal stress.

In school, Thomson showed a keen interest in the classics along with his natural interest in the sciences.

At the age of 12 he won a prize for translating Lucian of Samosata's Dialogues of the Gods from Latin to English.

William Thomson's father, James Thomson, was a teacher of mathematics and engineering at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the son of a farmer.

James Thomson married Margaret Gardner in 1817 and, of their children, four boys and two girls survived infancy.

Always active in industrial research and development, he was recruited around 1899 by George Eastman to serve as vice-chairman of the board of the British company Kodak Limited, affiliated with Eastman Kodak.

He had extensive maritime interests and was most noted for his work on the mariner's compass, which had previously been limited in reliability.The Thomson children were introduced to a broader cosmopolitan experience than their father's rural upbringing, spending mid-1839 in London and the boys were tutored in French in Paris. Thomson had heart problems and nearly died when he was 9 years old.He attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, where his father was a professor in the university department, before beginning study at Glasgow University in 1834 at the age of 10, not out of any precociousness; the University provided many of the facilities of an elementary school for able pupils, and this was a typical starting age.On the title page of this essay Thomson wrote the following lines from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man.These lines inspired Thomson to understand the natural world using the power and method of science: Thomson became intrigued with Fourier's Théorie analytique de la chaleur and committed himself to study the "Continental" mathematics resisted by a British establishment still working in the shadow of Sir Isaac Newton.