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See also the biography databases.

Specific entries about Thomas Young are available in the following resources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography -- REF DA 28 .O95 2004
  • Dictionary of National Biography -- REF DA 26 .D48

A full biography is available for checkout: The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, & Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius by Andrew Robinson (General Collection 4th Floor -- Q 143 .Y7 R63 2006)

The following two books on the history of the Royal Society might include some information:

  • The Royal Society: Concept & Creation by Margery Purver (General Collection 4th Floor -- Q 41 .L86 P86)
  • The Royal Institution: Its Founder & Its First Professors by Bence Jones (General Collection 4th Floor -- Q 41 .R88 J7 1975)

Search the database Historical Abstracts to locate articles, including the following:

  • Cantor, G. (1970). “The Changing Role of Young’s Ether.” British Journal For The History Of Science, 5(17), 44-62.
  • Robinson, A. (2006). “Thomas Young.” History Today, 56(4), 53-57.
  • Hilts, V. L. (1978). “Thomas Young’s ‘Autobiographical Sketch.’” Proceedings Of The American Philosophical Society, 122(4), 248-260.
  • Chen, X. (1990). “Young and Lloyd on the Particle Theory of Light: A Response to Achinstein.” Studies In History & Philosophy Of Science Part A, 21(4), 665-676.

Also search the Reference Universe database to identify additional sources of brief biographical sketches both in print and online.

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