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Scientific Worthies

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XX—JAMES PRESCOTT JOULE JAMES PRESCOTT JOULE was born at Salford on Christmas-Eve of the year 1818. His father and his grandfather before him were brewers, and the business, in due course, descended to Mr. Joule and his elder brother, and by them was carried on with success till it was sold in 1854. Mr. Joule's grandfather came from Elton, in Derbyshire, settled near Manchester, where he founded the business, and died at the age of fifty-four in 1799. His father, one of a numerous family, married daughter of John Prescott of Wigan. They had five children, of whom James Prescott Joule was the second, and of whom three were sons—Benjamin, the eldest, James, and John, and two daughters—Alice and Mary. Mr. Joule's mother died in 1836 at the age of forty-eight; and his father, who was an invalid for many years before his death, died at the age of seventy-four in the year 1858.

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BOTTOMLEY, J. Scientific Worthies . Nature 26, 617–620 (1882). https://doi.org/10.1038/026617a0

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