William Bottomley.


THE death of William Bottomley at Glasgow on October 19, at sixty-three years of age, removes one who, throughout the greater part of his life, did genuine, unobtrusive service to the cause of applied science by the assistance he-gave to his uncle, Lord Kelvin. A son of the late Mr. William Bottomley of Fortbreda, County Down, and of Anna Thomson, the second of Lord Kelvin's sisters, Bottomley was trained as a civil engineer. In 1872, Sir William Thomson and Fleeming Jenkin undertook to act in partnership as engineers for the manufacture and laying of telegraph cables which were to connect the cities of the Brazilian coast, from the Amazon to the River Plate. Bottomley was -put in charge of a staff of young assistants at the works of the Hooper Company at Millwall Docks where the cable was being made.

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