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Rumford, Benjamin Thompson, Count, 1753-1814

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1753 - 1814

Benjamin Thompson was an American-born British physicist and inventor whose challenges to established physical theory were part of the 19th-century revolution in thermodynamics. He served as lieutenant-colonel of the King's American Dragoons, part of the British Loyalist forces, during the American Revolutionary War. After the end of the war he moved to London, where his administrative talents were recognized when he was appointed a full colonel, and in 1784 he received a knighthood from King George III. A prolific designer, Thompson also drew designs for warships. He later moved to Bavaria and entered government service there, being appointed Bavarian Army Minister and re-organizing the army, and, in 1791, was made a Count of the Holy Roman Empire.

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Karl Theodor von Dalberg, Apb. and Elector of Mainz letter

Mss 812630
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Identifier: Mss 812630
Scope and Contents Three-page letter from Karl Theodor of Mainz to Count Rumford in Fulda with a discussion of light and lamps.

Maximian IV Joseph letter

Mss 802328
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Identifier: Mss 802328
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Notes on Count Rumford

Rumford Mss 000302
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Identifier: Mss 000302
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Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count of Rumford letter

Mss 806225
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Identifier: Mss 806225
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Sir Benjamin Thompson Count Rumford letter

Mss 801464
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Identifier: Mss 801464
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Sir Benjamin Thompson Rumford letter

Mss 798558
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Identifier: Mss 798558
Scope and Contents Letter from Count Sir Benjamin Thompson Rumford of London to Ruth Pierce of Flinstown reassures her that he is well; he may be able to visit America in the spring.

Sir Count Benjamin Thompson Rumford

Mss 805360
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Identifier: Mss 805360
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Sir Count Benjamin Thompson Rumford letter

Mss 805375.1
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Identifier: Mss 805375.1
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Sir Count Benjamin Thompson Rumford letter

Mss 800351
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Identifier: Mss 800351
Scope and Contents Letter from Sir Count Benjamin Thompson Rumford of London to John Wheelock of Hanover, N.H. encloses account of the founding of the Royal Institution; the Institution wishes to cultivate a friendly correspondence with the College. Enclosure missing.

Sir Count Benjamin Thompson Rumford letter

Rumford Mss 802271
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Identifier: Mss 802271
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