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Sir Joseph Thomson (1856-1940), British physicist. J. J. Thomson was Cavendish Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University from 1884-1918. During his career he published notable works on many subjects, including dynamics and magnetism. He also studied the conduction of electricity through gases, his work with cathode rays culminating in his discovery of the electron in 1897. Thomson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1884 and received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903. He was knighted in 1908.
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