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BERNAL, Professor John Desmond (1901-1971)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Bernal
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: BERNAL, Professor John Desmond (1901-1971)
Date(s): Created [1944]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Bernal | John Desmond | 1901-1971 | physicist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1907; educated at Stonyhurst College, Bedford School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge; research at Davy Faraday Laboratory, 1923-1927; lecturer and later Assistant Director of Research in Crystallography at Cambridge University, 1934-1937; Professor of Physics, 1937-1963; Professor of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1963-1968; Emeritus Professor, 1968-1971; died in 1971. Publications: The world, the flesh, and the devil (Kegan Paul and Co, London, 1929); The social function of science (G Routledge and Sons, London, 1939); The freedom of necessity (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1949); The physical basis of life (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1951); Marx and science (Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1952); Science and industry in the nineteenth century (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1953); Science in history (Watts and Co, London, 1954); World Without War (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958); A prospect of peace (Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1960); The extension of man: a history of physics before 1900 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1972).


Scope and content/abstract:

Account of his work as Scientific Adviser, Combined Operations, in relation to D-Day, covering the period 5-8 June 1944, France.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

single item

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre in 1994 by Dr Brenda Swann.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of Capt Sir Basil Liddell Hart contain correspondence with Bernal, 1937-1940 (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Liddell Hart 1/65). Cambridge University Library holds a substantial collection of Bernal's papers (Ref: Add 8287) and his correspondence relating to the Organisation for Intellectual Liberty (Ref: Add 9369/B1-3). The papers of William Thomas Astbury at the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Brotherton Library, Leeds University, include correspondence with Bernal, 1941-1954. The Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds correspondence with Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (Ref: NCUACS 47/3/94) and correspondence relating to the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, 1936-1967. Papers relating to the World Peace Council are held by the British Library of Political and Economic Science, London University (Ref: BERNAL, COLL MISC 537). The Marx Memorial Library holds the J D Bernal Peace Collection of books.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 1997

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