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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

MCGEE, Professor James Dwyer (1903-1987)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/MCGEE

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: MCGEE, Professor James Dwyer (1903-1987)

Date(s): Created 1937-1979

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 6 boxes

Name of creator(s): McGee | James Dwyer | 1903-1987 | physicist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Canberra, Australia, 1903; Professor of Applied Physics, Imperial College, 1954-1971; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1966; Senior Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Imperial College, 1971-1980; died, 1987.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor James Dwyer McGee, 1937-1979, comprising biographical information; lectures and correspondence, 1954-1979, notably with Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, 1955-1972, concerning Imperial College Physics Department and Anglo-Australian Observatory; Bertram Vivian Bowden, 1955-1963, concerning research work and workers; Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1960-1977, concerning McGee's Associateship, research grant; Denis Gabor, 1956-1972; Merle Walker, concerning the installation of a Spectracon, 1962-1979; Imperial College Rectors, 1955-1971; papers relating to Imperial College Physics Department, 1954-1972; papers relating to the Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1954-1968; Institute of Physics, 1965-1976; observatories in Britain and abroad, 1962-1975, including the Royal Greenwich Observatory; Royal Society, 1956-1972, notably concerning grants.


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 in the reading room of the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

The former reference of the collection is KPB/1/MCGEE.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented to the College Archives by Profesor McGee in 1980.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of the Department of Physics (KP), held at Imperial College.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: 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: November 2000

Astronomical observatories | Scientific facilities
Physicists | Scientists | Scientific personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Research grants | Science finance | Economics of science
Research work

Personal names
Blackett | Patrick Maynard Stuart | 1897-1974 | Baron Blackett of Chelsea | physicist
Bowden | Bertram Vivian | 1910-1989 | Baron Bowden | technologist
Gabor | Dennis | 1900-1979 | physicist
McGee | James Dwyer | 1903-1987 | physicist
Walker | Merle F | b 1926 | US astronomer

Corporate names
Anglo-Australian Observatory
Carnegie Institute of Washington
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine x Imperial College of Science and Technology x Imperial College x University of London | Imperial College
Institute of Electrical Engineers
Institute of Physics
Royal Greenwich Observatory
Royal Society