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HEY, Professor Donald Holroyde (1904-1987)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP25
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: HEY, Professor Donald Holroyde (1904-1987)
Date(s): Created 1930-1971
Level of description: collection level
Extent: 14 boxes or 0.14m3
Name of creator(s): Hey | Donald Holroyde | 1904-1987 | Professor of Chemistry


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1904; educated Magdalen College School, Oxford, and University College, Swansea; Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Manchester, 1928-1930; Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Manchester, 1930-1938; Lecturer in Chemistry, Imperial College, London, 1939-1941; Director of British Schering Research Institute, 1941-1945; Professor of Chemistry, King's College London, 1945-1949; Daniell Professor of Chemistry, University of London, 1949-1971; Vice President, Chemical Society, 1951-1954; Reilly Lecturer, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 1952; Scientific Advisor for Civil Defence, South East Region, 1952-1958; Assistant Principal, King's College London, 1962-1968; President, Section B, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1965; Visiting Professor, University of Florida, USA, 1967; Fellow of King's College and Imperial College, London, 1968; member of King's College Council, 1955-1978; retired [1971]; died 1987.

Publications: joint editor of Dictionary of organic compounds (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1965); editor of Kingzett's chemical encyclopedia (Bailliere, Tindall and Cassell, London, 1966); Lecture on some recent advances in chemistry in relation to medicine (London, 1944); contributor to The Royal Society of Chemistry: the first 150 years by David Hardy Whiffen (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 1991).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers covering Hey's career, 1930-1971, including scientific papers, lectures, notes relating to departmental administration, and papers by others. File of correspondence, 1936-1937, chiefly with Professor William Alexander Waters, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Durham, relating to Waters' investigations into reactions involving free radicals and the subsequent publication of a paper on the same in Chemical Review, and including a draft and final version of Waters' paper on 'Decomposition reactions of the Aromatic Diazo Compounds', read to the Royal Society of Chemistry in Dec 1936.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Hey's arrangement of his papers has been retained as far as possible: most are arranged alphabetically, though a few are arranged by subject or personal name.

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 provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by his family, and transferred by the Department of Chemistry, King's College London, 1987.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds correspondence, 1950-1960, between Hey and Professor Charles Alfred Coulson, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (Ref: CSAC60/4/78).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2000

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