Dewar, Sir James
- H. M. Ross
- , revised by Trevor I. Williams
Dewar, Sir James (1842–1923), chemist and physicist, was born at Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland, on 20 September 1842, the youngest son of Thomas Dewar, vintner, and his wife, Ann Eadie, daughter of a shipowner. At the age of ten his schooling was interrupted by an attack of rheumatic fever, and during the period of incapacity that followed he occupied himself in making fiddles—an exercise to which he was wont to attribute his manipulative skill. On recovering he was sent to ...