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James Prescott Joule

In the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey is a white marble memorial to James Prescott Joule, physicist. The inscription reads:

This tablet is here placed, near the graves of Newton, Herschel and Darwin, by those who in many lands have united to perpetuate the memory of James Prescott Joule F.R.S., of Manchester, in recognition of services rendered to science, in establishing the law of the conservation of energy, and determining the mechanical equivalent of heat. Born 24th December 1819, Died 11th October 1889.

He was born in Salford near Manchester, a son of Benjamin Joule and his wife Alice (Prescott). James and his brother Benjamin studied under chemist John Dalton and he went on to study electricity and electro-magnetism, working closely with Lord Kelvin. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. His wife was Amelia Grimes and they had a son Benjamin and a daughter Alice. James is buried at Sale in Cheshire.

Born

24th December 1819

Died

11th October 1889

Field

Scientist; physicist

Location

North Choir Aisle

Memorial Type

Tablet

Material Type

Marble

James Prescott Joule
James Prescott Joule
James Prescott Joule
James Prescott Joule memorial

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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