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FOWLER, Professor Alfred (1868-1940)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 KPAA FOWLER
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: FOWLER, Professor Alfred (1868-1940)
Date(s): 1903-1935
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Fowler | Alfred | 1868-1940 | astrophysicist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1868; Member of British Government Eclipse Expeditions, 1893, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1905, 1914; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1910; awarded Valz Prize by the Paris Academy of Sciences, 1913; Bakerian Lecturer, Royal Society, 1914 and 1924; awarded Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1915; awarded Royal Medal of the Royal Society, 1918; Henry Draper Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, 1920; Yarrow Research Professor of the Royal Society, 1923-1934; President, Section A, British Association, 1926; CBE 1935; President, Institute of Physics 1935-1937; Past-President, Royal Astronomical Society; Emeritus Professor of Astro-Physics, Imperial College; late Member of Advisory Council Department of Scientific and Industrial Research; late General Secretary, International Astronomical Union; died, 1940.
Publications: Geometrical Astronomy and Astronomical Instruments (The Concise Knowledge Astronomy [1914]); Popular Telescopic Astronomy. How to make a 2-inch telescope and what to see with it (G Philip & Son, London, 1896); Report on Series in Line Spectra (Physical Society, London, 1922); numerous papers relating to solar and stellar spectra, the spectra of comets, and the structure of spectra in Proceedings of Royal Society and Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Alfred Fowler, 1903-1935, including observations on the sun, 1903-1910; laboratory notebooks, 1906-1913; telescope design, 1906-1910; miscellaneous correspondence, 1916-1935.

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

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Personal notebook, c 1939, held by the Science Museum Library (reference: MS 2107); correspondence with Niels Bohr (31 items), 1913-1926, held by the Niels Bohr Institute; correspondence with Niels Bohr and S A Goudsmit, 1913-1928, held by the American Philosophical Society Library; correspondence with Lord Cherwell, 1919-1933, held by Nuffield College Library, Oxford University (reference: Cherwell papers); letters to Royal Astronomical Society, 1888-1912, held by the Royal Astronomical Society Library (reference: RAS letters; RAS papers); correspondence relating to solar rotation, 1932-1934, held by the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue; 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:
July 2001

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