Benjamín Thomson, Count Rumford

Jaime Wisniak


Benjamin Thomson, Count Rumford (1752-1814), was a self-educated scientist, military man, and political economist, living during the turbulent period of the American Revolution and the European Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries. He carried on important researches in the areas of heat transmission, measurement of the heat capacity, surface phenomena, photosynthesis, the nature of light, and nutrition. He discovered the phenomenon of thermal convection, proved that thermal energy was the result of molecular vibrations and did not have weight, measured the thermal equivalent of mechanical energy, developed a powerful lamp for domestic and industrial uses, improved substantially the design of chimneys, to decrease their enviromental effect, as well as the better use of food.

Palabras clave

Heat transfer; conductivity; convection; heat equivalent; capillarity; photometry; photosynthesis; optics; chimneys; nutrition; surface phenomena

Texto completo:

PDF (English)

Enlaces refback

  • No hay ningún enlace refback.

Copyright (c) 2018 Revista CENIC Ciencias Químicas

Licencia de Creative Commons
Este obra está bajo una licencia de Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 4.0 Internacional.

e-ISSN: 2221-2442. Editorial CENIC, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas, La Habana, Cuba