Definitions for "William Thompson"
William Thompson (1775 Cork City, - March 28, 1833 Rosscarbery, Co. Cork) was an Irish political and philosophical writer and social reformer, developing from utilitarianism into an early critic of capitalist exploitation whose ideas influenced the Cooperative, Trade Union and Chartist movements as well as Karl Marx. Born into the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy of wealthy landowners and merchants of Cork society, his attempt to will his estate the cooperative movement after his death sparked the longest court case in Irish legal history as other branches of his family fought to have the will annulled.
William Thompson was an American criminal whose deceptions caused the term "confidence man" to be coined.
William Thompson (1805–1852) was an Irish naturalist celebrated for his founding studies of the Natural History of Ireland. He was especially interested in ornithology.
British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale of temperature and pioneered undersea telegraphy (1824-1907)