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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

DINGLE, Professor Herbert (1890-1978)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/DINGLE

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: DINGLE, Professor Herbert (1890-1978)

Date(s): Created 1904-1978

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 20 boxes

Name of creator(s): Dingle | Herbert | 1890-1978 | natural philosopher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1890; educated at Plymouth Science, Art and Technical Schools, Imperial College; member of the British government eclipse expeditions, 1927, 1932; Lowell Lecturer, Boston, USA, 1936; Professor of Natural Philosophy, Imperial College, 1938; Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University College London, 1946-1955; President of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1951-1953; Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science, 1955; died, 1978.
Publications: include: Modern Astrophysics (W Collins Sons & Co, London, [1924]); Through Science to Philosophy (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1937); The Special Theory of Relativity (Methuen & Co, London, 1940); Physics for Aeronautical Students 2 vol (Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, [1942]); A Hundred Years of Spectroscopy (Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, 1951); The Scientific Adventure. Essays in the history and philosophy of science (Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, London, 1952); Science at the crossroads (London, Martin Brian & O' Keeffe, 1972).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Herbert Dingle, 1904-1978, comprising personal papers, 1904-1970, notably papers relating to appointments at Imperial College, 1924-1927, and University of London, 1946-1970; lecture course on astronomy, 1930-1931; visits abroad, 1932-1965; articles for publication, in various scientific and other journals, concerning astronomy, cosmology, history of science, religion and philosophy;
correspondence relating to publications and with readers, 1921-1974, with publishers, societies and institutions, 1924-1978, including scripts and agreements with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); correspondence and papers relating to material published in Nature, 1929-1978, notably on the special theory of relativity; correspondence with individuals, notably with Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, 1958-1969, Max Born, 1941-1969, Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt, 1951-1959, Ernest Geoffrey Cullwick, 1954-1968, Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, 1935-1944, John Anthony Hardinge Giffard, 1955-1968, Desmond George King-Hele, 1967-1975, Sir William Hunter McCrea, 1955-1975, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, 1939-1947, Dorothy Leigh Sayers, 1950-1957, Erwin Schrödinger, 1940-1959, Sir Edmund Taylor Whittaker, 1938-1956; press cuttings, review articles relating to Dingle's publications, obituaries, 1922-1973.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers have been listed by box number as outlined in the summary. The papers were orginally arranged largely by correspondent, and this order has been maintained as far as possible.

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.


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Archival history:

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

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Related material:

Records of the Physics Department of Imperial College include correspondence of Professor Dingle, 1928-1944, principally relating to the acquistion of a spectrograph (KPAB), records of the History of Science and Technology Department (KH), held at Imperial College.

Letters relating to a biography of Sir Norman Lockyer, 1920-1928, held at the Science Museum Library.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who Was Who (A & C Black, 1981, volume VII ); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; National Register of Archives. 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: October 2000

Astrophysics | Astronomy
Cosmology | Astronomy
Scientists | Scientific personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People

Personal names
Blackett | Patrick Maynard Stuart | 1897-1974 | Baron Blackett of Chelsea | physicist
Born | Max | 1882-1970 | German physicist
Brabazon | John Theodore Cuthbert | Moore- | 1884-1964 | 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara | politician, aviator and President of the Royal Institution x Moore-Brabazon | John Theodore Cuthbert x Brabazon of Tara | 1st Baron
Burt | Sir | Cyril Lodowic | 1883-1971 | Knight | psychologist
Cullwick | Ernest Geoffrey | b 1903 | electrical engineer
Eddington | Sir | Arthur Stanley | 1882-1944 | Knight | mathematician and astrophysicist
Giffard | John Anthony Hardinge | 1908-2000 | 3rd Earl of Halsbury x Halsbury | 3rd Earl of
Hele | Desmond George | King- | b 1927 | scientist and writer x King-Hele | Desmond George
McCrea | Sir | William Hunter | 1904-1999 | Knight | mathematician and astronomer
Sayers | Dorothy Leigh | 1893-1957 | novelist and translator x Fleming | Dorothy Leigh
Schrödinger | Erwin | 1887-1961 | physicist x Schrodinger | Erwin
Whittaker | Sir | Edmund Taylor | 1873-1956 | Knight | mathematician

Corporate names
BBC | British Broadcasting Corporation x British Broadcasting Corporation
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine x Imperial College of Science and Technology x Imperial College x University of London | Imperial College
University of London x London University