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ARMSTRONG, Professor Henry Edward (1848-1937)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/ARMSTRONG
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: ARMSTRONG, Professor Henry Edward (1848-1937)
Date(s): Created 1866-1939
Level of description: Series of Armstrong papers
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Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator(s): Armstrong | Henry Edward | 1848-1937 | chemist and educationalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Lewisham, London, 1848; educated at the Royal College of Chemistry, 1865-1867, University of Leipzig, 1867-1870; lecturer, St Batholomew's Hospital, 1870; Professor of Chemistry, London Institution, 1870; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1876; Professor of Chemistry at the Cowper Street Schools (later Finsbury Technical College), 1879; Professor of Chemistry, Central Technical College (later the City and Guilds College), 1884-1913; President of the Chemical Society, 1893-1895; Davy medal of the Royal Society, 1911; Professor Emeritus, Imperial College, 1913; died, 1937.
Publications: include Essays on the Art and Principles of Chemistry, including the first Messel Memorial Lecture (Ernest Benn, London, 1927); Introduction to the Study of Organic Chemistry, etc Second edition (Longmans & Co, London, 1874); The Teaching of Scientific Method, and other papers on education Second edition (Macmillan & Co, London, 1903).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Henry Edward Armstrong, 1866-1939, comprising correspondence, 1867-1939, notably from Sir Frederick Abel, 1884-1894; City and Guilds of London Institute, 1879-1913; Marie Curie, 1909; August Wilhelm von Hofmann, 1884-1891; William Odling, 1870-[1891]; Edward Cookworthy Robins, concerning policy and staff at the Central (later City and Guilds College) and Finsbury Technical Colleges, 1880-1890; Ernest Rutherford, 1926-1934; Sidney James Webb, 1905-1906; Herbert George (H G) Wells, undated; papers relating to diplomas, 1866-1934; notes on a course of practical work for Science mistresses by Armstrong, 1897; notebooks of scientific experiments by Nora and Harold Armstrong, 1898.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, German, French, Latin

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged in sections as follows; general correspondence, diplomas etc; related 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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by Miss Nora Armstrong, the daughter of Professor Armstrong, in 1958.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Armstrong papers, second series, (B/ARMSTRONG), records of the City and Guilds of London Institute (F), Finsbury Technical College (FA) and City and Guilds College (FC-FS), held at Imperial College.

Correspondence with Sir Oliver Lodge, 1885-1932, held at London University, University College Manuscripts Room (reference: MS ADD 89); correspondence with Thomas Martin Lowry, 1925, held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (reference: Add 8678); miscellaneous letters held at the Royal Society.

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Publication note:

H. E. Armstrong and the teaching of science, 1880-1930 edited with an introduction by W H Brock (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1973); H. E. Armstrong and science education edited, with an introduction, by G Van Praagh (London, Murray, [1973]); Henry Edward Armstrong, 1848-1937 by John Vargas Eyre (Butterworths Scientific Publications, London, 1958)

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: 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:
November 2000

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