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For his work on the transatlantic telegraph project he was knighted in 1866 by Queen Victoria, becoming Sir William Thomson.He had extensive maritime interests and was most noted for his work on the mariner's compass, which had previously been limited in reliability.
Have you actually read any of the arguments put forward against it? Nobody suggests Brits can't understand November 14, or that Americans can't understand 14 November.
The point is that YYYY-MM-DD is not readily comprehensible to non-geeks, and (like any other purely numerical date format) it looks nasty in a formal context such as an encyclopaedia.
mathematical physicist and engineer who was born in Belfast in 1824.
At the University of Glasgow he did important work in the mathematical analysis of electricity and formulation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and did much to unify the emerging discipline of physics in its modern form.
-- Alarics (talk) , 29 September 2009 (UTC) As examples of Wikipedia editors confused by the ambiguity of the YYYY-MM-DD style, who have input what appear to be dates in the YYYY-DD-MM style (I am assuming of course that they were not dyslexic), we have , , , , , and . B.: Since I pointed out these errors, users have deleted or corrected the errors, so you will have to look back in the history to see my point.