from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Thompson, Benjamin. Count Rumford. 1753-1814. American-born British public official and physicist who conducted numerous experiments on heat and friction, concluding that heat is produced by moving particles.
- Thompson, David 1770-1857. Canadian explorer who followed the Columbia River to its mouth (1811) and mapped much of western Canada.
- Thompson, Dorothy 1894-1961. American journalist whose radio broadcasts and widely syndicated column "On the Record” (1936-1941) informed Americans of the impending threat of Nazi Germany.
- Thompson, Sir John Sparrow David 1844-1894. Canadian politician who served as prime minister (1892-1894).
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- proper n. A British surname.
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- n. English physicist (born in America) who studied heat and friction; experiments convinced him that heat is caused by moving particles (1753-1814)
- n. United States classical archaeologist (born in Canada) noted for leading the excavation of the Athenian agora (1906-2000)
Variant of Thomson, from Tom + -son, originally meaning "son of Thomas". (Wiktionary)