George Stoney

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In existographies, George Johnstone Stoney (129-44 BE) (1826-1911 ACM) (IQ:#|#) (CR:6) (LH:2) (TL:8), aka G. Johnstone Stoney (Millikan, 1917) was an Irish physicist, noted his 1891 coining of the term electron as the “quantity of electricity” that changes when chemical bonds are broken.[1]


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“In our day there are secessions from the [atomic] theory, but it still stands firm. Loschmidt, Stoney, and William Thomson have sought to determine the sizes of the atoms, or rather to fix the limits between which their sizes lie; while only last year the discourses of Williamson and Maxwell illustrate the present hold of the doctrine upon the foremost scientific minds.”
John Tyndall (1874), “Atheistic Materialism”, BAAS Address (§:Preface) (pg. vii)[2]

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  1. (a) Stoney, George. (1891). “Elementary Quantity of Electricity”, Scientific Transactions of the Royal Dublin Society, 4(11):563.
    (b) Millikan, Robert. (1917). The Electron: its Isolation and Measurement and Determination of Some of its Properties (§2.1: the Origin of the Word Electron, pgs. 25-26). Publisher.
  2. Tyndall, John. (1874). “Atheistic Materialism (txt), Address, British Association for the Advancement of Science, Belfast. Longmans.

Further reading

  • Stoney, George. (1881). “On the Physical Units of Nature” (Ѻ), Philosophical Magazine, 5(11):381-90.
  • Stoney, George. (1894). “Of the ‘Electron’, or Atom of Electricity” (Ѻ). Philosophical Magazine, 38 (5):418–420.
  • Stoney, George. (1907). “Preface” (pgs. v-xx); in: The Electron Theory (author: Edmund Able). Publisher.

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