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SMITH, Sir Frank Edward (1876-1969)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/SMITH
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: SMITH, Sir Frank Edward (1876-1969)
Date(s): 1952-1973
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Goodeve | Sir | Charles Frederick | 1904-1980 | Knight | Government scientist:
Smith | Sir | Frank Edward | 1876-1969 | Knight | electrical engineer and scientific administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Aston, Birmingham, 1876; educated at Smethwick Central School, 1888-1891, Birmingham Technical School (now Aston University), 1894-1895; Royal College of Science (Imperial College), scholarship, 1897-1900; Assistant Demonstrator, 1900-1901; moved to the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, 1901-1920, involved with naval research, [1914-1918]; Superintendent of the Electricity Department, 1917; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1918; first Director of Scientific Research, at the Admiralty, 1920; awarded Hughes Medal, 1925; Physical Secretary of the Royal Society, 1929-1938; knighted (GCB), 1931; Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1929-1939; Director, Instrument Production, Ministry of Supply, 1939-1942; Director of Telecommunications, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1940-1942; Chairman, Technical Defence Committee; MI5, 1940-1946; Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council, 1941-1947; Chairman of the Road Research Board, 1946-1954; adviser on research and development with the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (later British Petroleum), 1939-1955; adviser, Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA), 1944-1957; died, 1969.
Publications: Reports of the Committee on Electrical Standards ... A record of the history of "Absolute Units" and of Lord Kelvin's work in connexion with These Editor (Cambridge, 1913); Physics in Navigation (1927); Chemistry and the Community (London, 1932); Industrial Research and the Nation's Balance Sheet (London, [1932]); Measurement of the Effectiveness of the Productive Unit with Richard, Baron Beeching (British Institute of Management: London, [1949]); The Critical Importance of Higher Technological Education in relation to Productivity (British Association for the Advancement of Science, London, [1951]).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Sir Frank Edward Smith, 1952-1973, comprising Royal Society memoir, correspondence, articles, biographical material, and reminiscences assembled by Sir Charles Goodeve, author of the Royal Society memoir of Smith.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

By section as follows: Biographical, Publications, Correspondence, Printed material.

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.

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives (CSAC catalogue no 9/3/74).

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were received by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, from Sir Charles Goodeve in 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, to the College Archives in 1974.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For Sir Frank Edward Smith: records of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College (KEE). Correspondence with Sir Henry Thomas Tizard, 1929-1942, held at the Imperial War Museum Department of Documents (reference: HTT); correspondence with Lord Cherwell, 1923-1951, held at Oxford University, Nuffield College Library (reference: Cherwell papers).

For Sir Charles Frederick Goodeve: correspondence with Gordon Sutherland, 1958, 1961, held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (reference: CSAC89/7/82); correspondence and papers held at Cambridge University, Churchill Archives Centre (reference: GOEV); lecture notes, 1930-1945, held at London University, University College Manuscripts Room (reference: MS Add 394).

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Publication note:

Memoir by Sir Charles Goodeve, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society vol 18, 1972

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Based on the guide compiled by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists; 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:
October 2000

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