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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

TIZARD, Sir Henry Thomas (1885-1959)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/TIZARD

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: TIZARD, Sir Henry Thomas (1885-1959)

Date(s): Created 1938-1942

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: boxes

Name of creator(s): Tizard | Sir | Henry Thomas | 1885-1959 | Knight | scientist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1885; educated at Westminster School; Magdalen College Oxford; Lecturer in Natural Science, Oriel College Oxford, 1911-1921; joined Royal Garrison Artillery, 1914, Royal Field Artillery, 1915; Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Controller, Experiments and Research, Royal Air Force, 1918-1919; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1926; Permanent Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1927-1929; Rector, Imperial College, 1929-1942; Chairman, Aeronautical Research Committee, 1933-1943; Development Commissioner, 1934-1945; Trustee, British Museum, 1937-1959; Knighted, 1937; Member, Council of Minister of Aircraft Production; Member, Air Council, 1941-1943; President of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1942-1946; Royal Society of Arts Albert Gold medal, 1944; Chairman, Advisory Council on Scientific Policy and Defence Research Policy Committee, 1946-1952; President, British Association, 1948; died, 1959.
Publications: include: Theoretical Chemistry from the standpoint of Avogadro's rule & Thermodynamics Walther Nernst, revised in accordance with the sixth German edition by H T Tizard (Macmillan & Co, London, 1911); The Passing World. Science and social progress (Bureau of Current Affairs, London, 1948); A Scientist in and out of the Civil Service (Birkbeck College, London, [1955]).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Henry Thomas Tizard, 1938-1942, notably correspondence relating to his work as scientific adviser to the Air Ministry, 1939-1942; Chemical Defence Board, 1949; official papers relating to the Council on Scientific Research and Technical Development, 1940; British Technical Mission to the United States, 1940; correspondence, 1940, notably with the British Embassy, Washington and Military Intelligence Division.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged as oulined 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:

Letters, 1944-1963 (B/ELLINGHAM) and records of the Governing Body (GB), held at Imperial College.

Diaries, correspondence and papers, 1891-1959, held at the Imperial War Museum Department of Documents (reference: HTT); papers relating to Defence Research Policy Committee, 1945-1949, held at the Public Record Office (reference: DEFE9); correspondence with Lord Blackett, 1938-1958, held at the Royal Society (reference: PB); correspondence with Lord Cherwell, 1917-1950, held at Nuffield College Library, Oxford (reference: Cherwell papers); correspondence with Archibald Vivian Hill, 1936-1956, held at the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University (reference: AVHL); letters to Charles Talbot Onions, 1942-1947, held at Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department (reference: Onions 416-26).

Publication note:

Tizard Ronald William Clark (Methuen & Co, London, 1965).



Archivist's note: Sources: Who Was Who (A & C Black, 1961, volume V); 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

Consultants | Development personnel | Development administration

Personal names
Tizard | Sir | Henry Thomas | 1885-1959 | Knight | chemist

Corporate names
Air Ministry
Chemical Defence Board
Council on Scientific Research and Technical Development