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EGERTON, Sir Alfred (1886-1959)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/EGERTON
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: EGERTON, Sir Alfred (1886-1959)
Date(s): Created 1908-1958
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 12 boxes
Name of creator(s): Egerton | Sir | Alfred Charles Glyn | 1886-1959 | knight | chemist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1886; educated at Eton, University College London; Reader in Thermodynamics, Oxford University, 1921-1936; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1923; Professor of Chemical Technology, Imperial College, 1936-1952; Secretary, Royal Society, 1938-1948; Knighted, 1943; Rumford medal of the Royal Society, 1946; Chairman of Scientific Advisory Council to Minister of Fuel and Power, 1948-1953; Director, Salters Institute of Industrial Chemistry, 1949-1959; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Technology, University of London, 1953-1959; Chairman, Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India, 1954; died, 1959.
Publications: The 1939 Callendar Steam Tables with G S Callendar (E Arnold & Co, London, 1939); editor of Fuel; lectures and papers largely relating to combustion and utilization of energy.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Alfred Egerton, 1908-1958, comprising research papers, notes and reports largely relating to explosives, manufacture of ammonia and hydrogen, [1916-1925], laboratory work at Oxford, 1919-1926, work for the Admiralty, 1940-[1950], papers relating to patents, 1928-1958; research notebooks, 1908-1937, including some correspondence and notably concerning vapour pressure of metals, amides of metals, residual gases in discharge tubes; lecture notes concerning combustion; papers on optical pyrometry, 1933-1938; correspondence and papers relating to research on the properties of steam, steam tables, international conferences on steam, 1930-1946.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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.

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (KC), held at Imperial College.

Correspondence and papers, held at the Royal Society (reference: AE); correspondence with Lord Cherwell, 1914-1949, held at Nuffield College Library, Oxford, (reference: Cherwell papers); correspondence with Archibald Vivian Hill, 1944-1959, held at the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge (reference: AVHL).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Sir Alfred Egerton, FRS 1886-1959. A memoir with papers Lady Ruth Julia Egerton (privately printed, London, 1963).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who Was Who (A & C Black, 1961, volume V); National Register of Archives; 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:
December 2000

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