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JEFFERY, George Barker (1891-1957)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 IE/GBJ
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: JEFFERY, George Barker (1891-1957)
Date(s): 1940s-1960s
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 21 boxes
Name of creator(s): Jeffery | George Barker | 1891-1957 | mathematician and educationist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

George Barker Jeffery was born in 1891 and educated at Strand School, King's College London and Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell. In 1909 he qualified as a teacher at the London Day Training College and graduated from University College London in 1911. He went on to teach, research and publish on mathematics and mathematical physics at University College, holding the post of Assistant Lecturer in Applied Mathematics from 1912 to 1921. In 1921 Jeffery became University Reader in Mathematics at University College, and in 1922 Professor of Mathematics at King's College London. In 1924 he returned to University College as Astor Professor of Pure Mathematics. In 1945 Jeffery was appointed as Director of the newly-established University of London Institute of Education where he became interested in the problems of West African education. He was also actively involved in the Secondary School Examinations Council, the National Advisory Council on the Training and Supply of Teachers, the National Foundation for Educational Research, the New Education Fellowship, the Advisory Council on Education in the Colonies and the Association of Teachers in Colleges and Departments of Education. Jeffery was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1926 and served as Vice-President from 1938-1940. His publications include Relativity for Physics Students (1924) and African Education (1953). He retired from the Institute in 1957.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collated by George Barker Jeffrey whilst Director of the Institute of Education, including papers relating to the administration of the ATO (Area Training Organisation) including minutes of Institute committees such as the Council, Committee of Principals, and the Conference of LEAs, correspondence with the student union, and files regarding collegiate visitations; files relating to individual departments of the Central Institute; papers relating to external committees including the Inter-departmental Sub-Committee on Social and Economic Research, 1947-1949, the Secondary Schools Examination Council, 1947-1955, King George's Jubilee Trust, and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate; correspondence with the Ministry of Education; correspondence and committee papers relating to the University of London; papers relating to the establishment of the Music Teacher's Certificate, 1954-1956, and to the introduction of a three-year course of teacher training, 1955-1959; research papers including raw data and statistical analysis of class sizes, c 1950s; returns to the Ministry of Education on the employment of graduate teachers, 1950-1961; lecture notes and scripts of radio broadcasts; letters of condolence and tributes on death, including papers concerning a memorial fund and memorial bust; papers relating to the West African Examinations Council, 1950s-1960s.

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See IE/DCO for Jeffery's correspondence with individual colleges of the ATO.

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Created 06/12/2000, modified 11/28/2000

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