William Ayrton

William Ayrton

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 8 Nov 1908 (aged 61)
Paddington, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 18493120 · View Source
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Scientist. A physicist and electrical engineer, he is associated with inventing electrical measuring instruments including the spiral-spring ammenter and the wattmeter and worked on railway electrification, producing the dynometer and electric searchlight. Born in London, England, he was educated at University College School before attending University College, London and later studied under the noted physicist, Lord Kelvin in Glasgow. In 1868, he traveled to Bengal, in the service of the Indian Government Telegraph Department, before taking up a post to teach physics and electrical engineering in Tokyo, Japan, where he introduced the electric arc to Japan in 1878. In 1884, he returned to London and became professor of applied physics at Finsbury College, then moving to the Central Technical College, South Kensington, to become professor of electric engineering. He published many books on physics and was awarded a medal by the Royal Society in 1909.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 18493120
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Ayrton (14 Sep 1847–8 Nov 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18493120, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .