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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

BONE, William Arthur (1871-1938)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/BONE

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: BONE, William Arthur (1871-1938)

Date(s): Created 1890-1938

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Bone | William Arthur | 1871-1938 | chemist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Stockton-on Tees, 1871; educated at the Friends School, Ackworth, Middlesborough High School, Stockton Grammar School, Leys School, Cambridge; read chemistry at Victoria University, Manchester, graduating, 1891; studied at the University of Heidelberg under Professor Victor Meyer; Head of the Chemical Department, Battersea Polytechnic, 1896; Lecturer in Chemistry and Metallurgy, Owen's College, Manchester, 1898-1905; Professor of Applied Chemistry, first Livesey Professor of Coal Gas and Fuel Industries, Leeds University, 1905-1912; Professor and Head of Department, Department of Chemical Technology, Imperial College, 1912-1936; inventor of the Bonecourt system of surface combustion and radiophragm-beating; President, Section B (Chemistry) of the British Association, 1915; Chairman, British Association Committee on Fuel Economy, 1915-1922; consultant, Government Fuel Research Board, 1917-1918; Chaiman, Federation of British Industries Fuel Economy Technical Sub-Committee, 1920; Chairman of the Blast Furnace Reactions Research Sub-Committee of the British Iron and Steel Federation, 1933; Davy medallist, Royal Society, 1936; died, 1938.
Publications: include: Coal and its Scientific Uses (Longmans & Co, London, 1918); Flame and Combustion in Gases with Donald Thomas Alfred Townend (Longmans & Co, London, 1927); Gaseous Combustion at High Pressures: being mainly an account of the researches carried out in the high pressure gas research laboratories of the Imperial College of Science & Technology with Dudley M Newitt, Donald T A Townend (Longmans & Co, London, 1929); Coal: its constitution and uses with Godfrey Wilfred Himus (Longmans & Co, London, 1936).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Arthur Bone, 1890-1938, comprising analysis books, 1890-1920, containing record of work at Owen's College, Manchester, notes on experiments, records of trails, analyses of fuels; press cuttings and letters relating to Flame and Combustion in Gases, 1927-1938; papers relating to appointment at Imperial College, 1911-1913; obituary notice.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (KC), held at Imperial College.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who Was Who (A & C Black, 1947, volume III); National Register of Archives; British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2000

Chemists | Scientists | Scientific personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Combustion | Chemical processes
Chemical research

Personal names
Bone | William Arthur | 1871-1938 | chemist

Corporate names
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Owens College | Manchester x University of Manchester