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BERNAL, John Desmond, 1901-1971, physicist

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 BERNAL
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: BERNAL, John Desmond, 1901-1971, physicist
Date(s): 1939-1966
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 boxes
Name of creator(s): Bernal John Desmond 1901 - 1971 physicist


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Desmond Bernal, 1901-1971, was born in Nenagh, Ireland and educated at Bedford School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He embarked on a career in crystallography, becoming a lecturer and later Assistant Director of Research in Crystallography at Cambridge, 1934-1937, Professor of Physics at Birkbeck College, 1937-1963, and Professor of Crystallography at Birkbeck 1963-1968. He was made Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1965, and Fellow of Birkbeck College in 1969. He was also interested in the role that science could play in society and published books and pamphlets on this subject. He was a founder member of the World Peace Council, holding the presidency 1958-1965, and was awarded the Lenin Prize for Peace in 1958.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection covers Bernal's involvement with the peace movement and contains notes on conferences, speeches, and resolutions from conferences of the World Peace Council and the British Peace Council, with press cuttings, pamphlets and correspondence relating to these organisations.

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System of arrangement:

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Finding aids:

Printed handlist and online catalogue available.

Archival Information

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Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of or relating to Bernal are also held by Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (Refs: Add 8287, Add 9369/B1-3); King's College London: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (Refs: KCLMA Bernal and KCLMA Liddell Hart B H); Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (Refs: SPSL and NCUACS 47/3/94); Leeds University, Brotherton Library. See the National REgister of Archives for further details.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on February 1, 2002

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1 Feb 2002; revised 26 Feb 2002.

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