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Supplementary catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Sir Nevill Francis Mott CH FRS (1905-1996), physicist

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Reference Mott
Former reference GB 0012 Mott papers
Covering dates 1902-2003
Held by National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists
Extent c230 items
Creators Mott, Sir Nevill Francis, 1905-1996, Knight, physicist

Administrative history:
Nevill Francis Mott was born in Leeds on 30 September 1905. His father, Charles Francis Mott, who later became Director of Education of Liverpool, and his mother, Lillian Mary Mott née Reynolds, had been research students together under J.J. Thomson at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.
Mott was educated at Clifton College, Bristol and St John's College, Cambridge where he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. After three years research in applied mathematics he was appointed to a lectureship at Manchester University in 1929. He returned to Cambridge in 1930 as a Fellow and lecturer of Gonville and Caius College and in 1933 moved to Bristol University as Melville Wills Professor in Theoretical Physics. In 1948 he became Henry Overton Wills Professor of Physics and Director of the Henry Herbert Wills Physical Laboratory at Bristol. In 1954 he was appointed Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge, a post he held until 1971. Additionally he served as Master of Gonville and Caius College, 1959-1966.
Mott's early research at Cambridge established his reputation in the application of the new ideas of wave mechanics to collisions of atomic particles. On moving to Bristol he left this field for that of metals and alloys, establishing an international reputation there too within a few years. Later he turned to research on semiconductors and insulators, and to problems concerned with the formation of a latent image in a photographic emulsion. During Mott's twenty-one years at Bristol his group occupied a position of great eminence in theoretical physics. War-related work during the Second World War was concerned with the propagation of radio waves and the explosive fragmentation of shell and bomb cases. Mott's appointment as Cavendish Professor inevitably led to a greater involvement in administration both in the laboratory and the university and he assumed a number of positions nationally and internationally, both within the scientific community and more widely, for example, in the field of education. Nevertheless he remained active in research. The work for which he shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in the area of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems was begun in the 1960s, while in his final years he was engaged in investigations of high temperature superconductivity.
Not only was Mott one of the great theoreticians of the twentieth-century, his work in semiconductors and solid state physics had great practical implications, enabling improvements to be made to the performance of electronic circuits, including computer memories, and in making more efficient solar energy cells. In addition to a great number of scientific papers Mott was the author of a number of major books including The Theory of Atomic Collisions (with H.S.W. Massey, 1933), Electronic Processes in Non-Crystalline Materials (with E.A. Davis, 1971), Metal-Insulator Transitions (1974) and Conduction in Non-Crystalline Materials (1986). He also edited a volume of essays by scientists on religious belief Can scientists believe? (1991). In 1986 Mott published an autobiography A life in science. He was elected FRS in 1936 (Hughes Medal 1941, Royal Medal 1953, Copley Medal 1972; Bakerian Lecture 1953, Rutherford Memorial Lecture 1962, Humphry Davy Lecture 1988), and was awarded the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physics (with P.W. Anderson and J.H. Van Vleck) 'for their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems'. He was knighted in 1962 and made a Companion of Honour in 1995. In 1930 he married Ruth Eleanor Horder with whom he had two daughters. He died on 8 August 1996.

The papers in this supplementary collection cover the period 1902-2003. They should be consulted in conjunction with the Mott papers catalogued as NCUACS no 105/4/02.
Section A, Biographical, is by far the largest in the collection. There is additional material relating to Mott's autobiography, a major sequence of documentation of career, honours and awards, 1918-1996, including the Nobel Prize, and an almost complete sequence of appointment diaries, 1958-1996. The most substantial component of the section is Mott's family correspondence, 1922-1962. This is principally Mott's letters to his parents and provides indispensable documentation of his career from Clifton College school, Bristol to the Cavendish Professorship of Physics, Cambridge. The sequence includes Mott's undergraduate years at St John's College, Cambridge, 1924-1927, Copenhagen with Bohr in 1928, Manchester with W.L. Bragg, 1928-1929, Cambridge, 1930-1933, pre- and post-war Bristol and the Second World War. There are also sequences of correspondence from Mott's visits to Japan, 1953 and Africa, 1962. Biographical items of particular interest are drafts relating to his father's research at the Cavendish under J.J. Thomson and Ruth Mott's account of her and her husband's visit to Russia in 1934. There are also sequences of press-cuttings and a small number of photographs of Mott and scientific colleagues.
Section B, Lectures and publications, documents a small number of Mott's public and invitation lectures and shorter publications and writings. There is also a little publications correspondence, 1970-1995.
Section C, Societies and organisations, is slight, providing additional documentation of Mott's association with five British and international bodies, 1952-1995, including the Royal Society.
Section D, Visits and conferences, is slight, comprising single items representing six occasions, 1959-1993.
Section E, Religion, provides further documentation of Mott's developing interest in religion in his later years. There is correspondence, 1977-1996, an annotated draft of 'Christianity without miracles' Mott's own contribution for the book 'Can scientists believe?', shorter publications and writings, and sermons.
Section F, Correspondence, is slight. It is presented as a chronological sequence with scientific colleagues and others, 1963-1996.
There is also an index of correspondents. We are very grateful to Mrs Crampin for making the papers available and for information and advice.

BIOGRAPHICAL, A.1-A.359  Mott/1  N.d., 1902-2000

Former reference: SECTION A

160 items

OBITUARIES  Mott/1/1  1996

Former reference: A.1

1 item

The Times, 12 August 1996. Independent, 12 August 1996. Daily Telegraph, 12 August 1996. Guardian, 12 August 1996.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL  Mott/1/2  1923-1996

Former reference: A.2-A.36

8 items

'Personal Records of Fellows of the Royal Society'  Mott/1/2/1  N.d.

Former reference: A.2

Manuscript notes on parentage, ancestry, marriage, education etc.

'Notes on my scientific and professional career'  Mott/1/2/2  1977

Former reference: A.3

23pp typescript draft dated September 1977; 5pp manuscript draft and other papers found attached to it.

'My research career'  Mott/1/2/3  c 1990

Former reference: A.4

6pp manuscript draft.

A life in science, Taylor and Francis, 1986  Mott/1/2/4  1923-1986

Former reference: A.5-A.35

4 items

'Material collected for autobiography and drafts and comments on them'  Mott/1/2/4/1  1953-1996

Former reference: A.5-A.13

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into nine for ease of reference: correspondence, printed and duplicated background material, typescript drafts of chapter on religion, etc.

'Letters used in NFM's autobiography - mostly family'  Mott/1/2/4/2  1923-1985

Former reference: A.14-A.33

Contents of boxfile so inscribed: correspondence and papers found in three folders. Principally Mott's letters to his mother and father but also later correspondence relating to the preparation of the autobiography.

'Copenhagen M/C [Manchester] Göttingen Berlin'  Mott/1/2/4/2/1  1928-1929, N.d.

Former reference: A.14-A.21

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into eight for ease of reference: Mott's letters from Copenhagen in 1928, Cambridge and Göttingen in 1929 and Manchester where Mott spent a year under W.L. Bragg, 1929-1930.

'Autobio Some letters used'  Mott/1/2/4/2/2  1923-1985

Former reference: A.22-A.27

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into six for ease of reference: principally letters from Mott to his parents, 1923-1958. At A.22 is later correspondence re the preparation of the autobiography, 1983, 1985 and manuscript draft 'Nobel prize in physics' dated '1980 ?'

Contents of untitled folder divided into six for ease of reference: principally photocopies of Mott's letters to A.M. Tyndall, head of the University of Bristol physics department, 1932-1933, sent to Mott by P.K. Hoch, 1985  Mott/1/2/4/2/3  1956-1985

Former reference: A.28-A.33

At A.33 is a photocopy of a typescript memorandum 'Theoretical Physics in Bristol' with manuscript inscription 'Probably written by Mott probably about 1946'.

Correspondence and papers re Mott's autobiography  Mott/1/2/4/3  1985-1986

Former reference: A.34

1 item

Includes comments on drafts by Margaret Gowing and letters from readers of the published autobiography.

Reviews  Mott/1/2/4/4  1986

Former reference: A.35

Bibliography  Mott/1/2/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.36

Lists of Mott's publications.

CAREER, HONOURS AND AWARDS  Mott/1/3  1918-1996

Former reference: A.37-A.154A

53 items

Correspondence and papers re scholarship examinations etc, Clifton College school, Bristol and St John's College, Cambridge  Mott/1/3/1  1918-1924

Former reference: A.37

Includes letters from H.C. Beaven, Mott's mathematics teacher at Clifton.

Election to the Cavendish Chair of Physics, University of Cambridge, 1953  Mott/1/3/2  1953-1954

Former reference: A.38

Invitation from the Vice-Chancellor to accept election to the Chair; letters and telegrams of congratulation. Unindexed.

Election as Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, 1957  Mott/1/3/3  1957

Former reference: A.39

Invitation and Mott's acceptance; list of NAS elections.

Mastership of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1959-1966  Mott/1/3/4  1959-1972

Former reference: A.40-A.64

4 items

Mott was elected Master of the College in 1959. He resigned in 1965. Mott considers his Mastership in chapter 15 of his autobiography, A life in science, pp 121-129.

Letters of congratulation on Mott's election as Master  Mott/1/3/4/1  1959

Former reference: A.40-A.45

In alphabetical order. Unindexed. 6 folders.

'Master's portrait'  Mott/1/3/4/2  1961-1972, N.d.

Former reference: A.46-A.50

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into five for ease of reference: correspondence with the portrait painter, James Wood and others.

Correspondence and papers re Mott's resignation from the Mastership  Mott/1/3/4/3  1963-1966, n.d.

Former reference: A.51-A.61

11 folders.

Letters of thanks, appreciation, regret etc on Mott's resignation as Master.  Mott/1/3/4/4  1965-1966

Former reference: A.62-A.64

Sequence kept together by Mott. Includes letters to Lady Mott. Unindexed. 3 folders.

Honorary degree, University of Liverpool, 30 April 1960  Mott/1/3/5  1960

Former reference: A.65

Order of proceedings, orations and open day guide to Chadwick Laboratory and the Laboratories of Civil Engineering and Building Science.

Honorary degree, University of Reading, 17 May 1960  Mott/1/3/6  1960

Former reference: A.66

Order of proceedings for degree ceremony and booklet and other papers re opening of the Department of Physics building.

Honorary degree, University of Sheffield, 1 July 1961  Mott/1/3/7  1961

Former reference: A.67

Order of proceedings.

Knighthood, 1962  Mott/1/3/8  1962

Former reference: A.68-A.85

13 items

Letters of congratulation. Presentation follows original arrangement by category of sender. Titles in the entries are taken from the envelopes in which the letters were found. Letters to Lady Mott are at A.85. Unindexed

'Cabinet ministers etc'.  Mott/1/3/8/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.68

'Caius'  Mott/1/3/8/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.69-A.70

2 folders.

'Education committees etc'  Mott/1/3/8/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.71

'Heads of Colleges'  Mott/1/3/8/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.72

'Physics'  Mott/1/3/8/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.73-A.77

5 folders.

'Scientific committees etc'  Mott/1/3/8/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.78

'Vice Chancellors'  Mott/1/3/8/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.79

'Various Cambridge friends'  Mott/1/3/8/8  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.80

'Bristol friends'  Mott/1/3/8/9  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.81

'Family and personal friends'  Mott/1/3/8/10  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.82

'Various professional friends'  Mott/1/3/8/11  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.83

Untitled  Mott/1/3/8/12  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.84

Letters received by Lady Mott  Mott/1/3/8/13  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.85

Honorary degree, University of London, 28 November 1963  Mott/1/3/9  1963

Former reference: A.86

Presentation address for Mott, order of proceedings etc

Naming after Mott of Basic Physics Building, National Physics Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, 1966  Mott/1/3/10  1966

Former reference: A.87

Correspondence with the Director.

Copley Medal of the Royal Society, 1972  Mott/1/3/11  1972

Former reference: A.88, A.89

Letters of congratulation. Unindexed. 2 folders.

Honorary degree, University of Oxford, 25 June 1975  Mott/1/3/12  1975

Former reference: A.90

Encaenia addresses, etc.

70th birthday  Mott/1/3/13  1975

Former reference: A.91, A.92

2 items

Letters of congratulation and good wishes  Mott/1/3/13/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.91

Menu, invitation card, list of guests for Celebration Dinner, 26 September 1975  Mott/1/3/13/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.92

Folder also includes manuscript notes for Mott's speech of thanks.

Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, 1977  Mott/1/3/14  1977

Former reference: A.93

Brief correspondence with French Embassy, February.

Nobel Prize for Physics, 1977  Mott/1/3/15  1977

Former reference: A.94-A.136

6 items

Mott was awarded the 1977 prize for physics with P.W. Anderson and J.H. Van Vleck 'for their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems'.

Notification of award; correspondence and papers re arrangements to visit Stockholm to receive award  Mott/1/3/15/1  1977

Former reference: A.94, A.95

2 folders.

Miscellaneous background papers re award and visit to Stockholm  Mott/1/3/15/2  1977

Former reference: A.96-A.98

3 folders.

'The Meaning of 'Internal Balance' '  Mott/1/3/15/3  1977

Former reference: A.99

Photocopy of typescript draft with manuscript corrections of Prize Lecture of James Meade (Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1977).

'Swedish Diary December 1977'  Mott/1/3/15/4  1977

Former reference: A.100

Contents of folder so inscribed: 22pp typescript diary of visit kept by Lady Mott.

Press-cuttings  Mott/1/3/15/5  1977

Former reference: A.101-A.103

3 folders.

Letters and telegrams of congratulation  Mott/1/3/15/6  1977

Former reference: A.104-A.136

The letters are presented in an alphabetical sequence. First names and unidentified are at A.130-A.131. Telegrams are at A.132-A.136. Unindexed.

A  Mott/1/3/15/6/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.104

B  Mott/1/3/15/6/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.105, A.106

2 folders.

C  Mott/1/3/15/6/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.107, A.108

2 folders.

D  Mott/1/3/15/6/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.109

E  Mott/1/3/15/6/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.110

F  Mott/1/3/15/6/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.111

G  Mott/1/3/15/6/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.112

H  Mott/1/3/15/6/8  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.113, A.114

2 folders.

I-J  Mott/1/3/15/6/9  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.115

K  Mott/1/3/15/6/10  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.116

L  Mott/1/3/15/6/11  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.117

M  Mott/1/3/15/6/12  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.118, A.119

2 folders.

N-O  Mott/1/3/15/6/13  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.120

P-Q  Mott/1/3/15/6/14  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.121

R  Mott/1/3/15/6/15  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.122

S  Mott/1/3/15/6/16  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.123-A.125

3 folders.

T  Mott/1/3/15/6/17  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.126

U-V  Mott/1/3/15/6/18  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.127

W  Mott/1/3/15/6/19  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.128

Y-Z  Mott/1/3/15/6/20  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.129

First names and unidentified  Mott/1/3/15/6/21  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.130, A.131

2 folders.

Telegrams  Mott/1/3/15/6/22  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.132-A.136

5 folders.

Honorary degree awarded by unidentifed institution  Mott/1/3/16  N.d. [1978]

Former reference: A.137

Presentation address.

Honorary Member of the Royal Spanish Physical and Chemical Society, 1980  Mott/1/3/17  1980

Former reference: A.138

Certificate only.

Honorary degree, University of Sussex, 22 July 1980  Mott/1/3/18  1980

Former reference: A.139

Order of proceedings.

Honorary degree, Philipps-Universität, Marburg, November 1980  Mott/1/3/19  1980

Former reference: A.140

Letter and press-cuttings.

75th birthday  Mott/1/3/20  1980

Former reference: A.141

1 card only signed by the staff of Taylor & Francis Ltd, publisher.

Awards 1980-1982  Mott/1/3/21  1981-1983

Former reference: A.142

Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers Honorary Member Award for 1980. 1 letter only re award, 1981. Ordinary member of the Mediterranean Academy of Sciences Catania (Italy), 1982. 1 letter only re Mott's designation as ordinary member, 1982. Naming building after Mott at Bell Labs, 1982 Short poem written to mark the occasion, 1982. Foreign Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, 1982 Letter announcing award; certificate. 1982-1983

Honorary Fellow of the European Physical Society, 1985  Mott/1/3/22  1985

Former reference: A.143

1 letter only re election as Honorary Fellow.

Honorary degree, University of Rome 'La Sapienza', 2 September 1985  Mott/1/3/23  1985

Former reference: A.144

Booklet of presentation addresses

80th birthday  Mott/1/3/24  1985

Former reference: A.145

Letter and menu card for celebration dinner, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, 4 October 1985. Letter of congratulations from the Cambridge University Natural Sciences Club.

Awards, 1986-1989  Mott/1/3/25  1986-1989

Former reference: A.146

Foundation Medal of the International Science Policy Foundation, 1986 1 letter only re award, 1986. Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, New Delhi, India, 1988 1 letter only re award, 1988. Naming of lecture theatre after Mott, University of Bristol Department of Physics, 1988 1 letter only requesting permission, 1988. Emeritus Member Academia Europaea, 1989 1 letter only re becoming Emeritus Member, 1989.

Luncheon in honour of British Science Nobel Prizewinners, 14 April 1989  Mott/1/3/26  1989

Former reference: A.147

Invitation card, menu, seating plan, copy of letter from J.W. Cornforth declining invitation, sent to Mott 'for information'.

Honorary degree, University of Cambridge, 9 June 1994  Mott/1/3/27  1994

Former reference: A.148

Letter re arrangements.

Honorary member, American Ceramic Society, 1995  Mott/1/3/28  1995

Former reference: A.149

Brief correspondence re award.

Companion of Honour, 1995  Mott/1/3/29  1995

Former reference: A.150-A.152

Letters of congratulation. 3 folders. The letters are presented in alphabetical order. First names and unidentified at A.152. Unindexed.

90th birthday  Mott/1/3/30  1995

Former reference: A.153

Greetings cards. Unindexed.

Funeral service, Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge, 16 August 1996  Mott/1/3/31  1996

Former reference: A.154

Letter re arrangements, order of service and address given by former Bishop of Ely, Rt Rev. Peter K. Walker.

Memorial service, University Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge, 16 November 1996  Mott/1/3/32  1996

Former reference: A.154A

Order of service and reading.

DIARIES  Mott/1/4  1958-1996

Former reference: A.155-A.189

35 items

A chronological sequence of Mott's appointment diaries. Lacks 1971, 1989, 1990 and 1995.

1958  Mott/1/4/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.155

1959  Mott/1/4/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.156

1960  Mott/1/4/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.157

1961  Mott/1/4/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.158

1962  Mott/1/4/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.159

1963  Mott/1/4/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.160

1964  Mott/1/4/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.161

1965  Mott/1/4/8  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.162

1966  Mott/1/4/9  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.163

1967  Mott/1/4/10  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.164

1968  Mott/1/4/11  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.165

1969  Mott/1/4/12  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.166

1970  Mott/1/4/13  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.167

1972  Mott/1/4/14  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.168

1973  Mott/1/4/15  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.169

1974  Mott/1/4/16  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.170

1975  Mott/1/4/17  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.171

1976  Mott/1/4/18  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.172

1977  Mott/1/4/19  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.173

1978  Mott/1/4/20  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.174

1979  Mott/1/4/21  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.175

1980  Mott/1/4/22  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.176

1981  Mott/1/4/23  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.177

1982  Mott/1/4/24  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.178

1983  Mott/1/4/25  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.179

1984  Mott/1/4/26  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.180

1985  Mott/1/4/27  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.181

1986  Mott/1/4/28  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.182

1987  Mott/1/4/29  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.183

1988  Mott/1/4/30  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.184

1991  Mott/1/4/31  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.185

1992  Mott/1/4/32  [n.d.]

Former reference: A186

1993  Mott/1/4/33  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.187

1994  Mott/1/4/34  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.188

1996  Mott/1/4/35  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.189

FAMILY AND PERSONAL  Mott/1/5/  N.d., 1902-2003

Former reference: A.190-A.333

47 items

Charles Frances Mott (father) (1877-1967)  Mott/1/5/1  N.d., 1902

Former reference: A.190-A.195

5 items

Typescript and manuscript drafts re research undertaken at the Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge under J.J. Thomson.

1p typescript beginning 'In 1900, Prof.J.J.Thomson suggested to me that I should investigate whether the conductivity of an electrical conductor was affected by the presence on its surface of an electrostatic charge'  Mott/1/5/1/1  N.d.

Former reference: A.190

Initialled 'C.F.M.'.

'Description of proposed course of research'  Mott/1/5/1/2  N.d.

Former reference: A.191, A.192

18pp manuscript account of 'Experiments to determine whether the resistance of a thin metallic film can be altered by an electrostatic field applied normally to the film' by C.F. Mott. 2 folders.

'The Influence of Variation of Temperature upon the Photo-Electric Effect'  Mott/1/5/1/3  N.d.

Former reference: A.193

22pp manuscript including figures by C.F. Mott.

'An Attempt to discover whether the resistance of a thin metallic film is increased when its surface is charged'  Mott/1/5/1/4  1902

Former reference: A.194

21pp manuscript including figures by C.F. Mott dated 'August 1902'.

'Note on the paper by Prof. Cohn entitled 'Ueber die Gleichungen des elektromagnetischen Feldes für beweigte Körper' '  Mott/1/5/1/5  1902

Former reference: A.195

12pp manuscript by C.F. Mott.

Lilian Mary Mott (née Reynolds) (mother) (1879-1952)  Mott/1/5/2  1956

Former reference: A.196

1 item

A Memoir 'by Her Husband'. Privately printed, 1956.

Margaret Joan Fitch (née Mott) (sister) (1907-2001)  Mott/1/5/3  N.d.

Former reference: A.197

1 item


Ruth Eleanor Mott (née Horder) (wife) (1906-2000)  Mott/1/5/4  1934-2000

Former reference: A.198-A.205A

8 items

'Journey to Russia 1st to 24th September, 1934'  Mott/1/5/4/1  1934

Former reference: A.198

56pp typescript account of visit by Mott and his wife written by Ruth Mott. The occasion was an invitation from the Soviet Academy to Mott to attend a conference to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Russian chemist, Mendeleef.

'Cavendish Wives' Club'  Mott/1/5/4/2  1955-1971

Former reference: A.199-A.204

4 items

The Club was founded by Ruth Mott.

Notebook used for record of meetings and committee members etc, for period 1955-1971  Mott/1/5/4/2/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.199

Duplicated lists of meetings, lists of members etc, for period 1955-1971  Mott/1/5/4/2/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.200

Letters from speakers, members of Club  Mott/1/5/4/2/3  N.d., 1957-1971

Former reference: A.201-A.203

3 folders.

'Cavendish Wives' Brains Trust'  Mott/1/5/4/2/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.204

Contents of envelope so inscribed: questions for the 'Brains Trust in the form of manuscript notes and typescript cards.

Order of funeral service, Parish Church of Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, 4 May 2000  Mott/1/5/4/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.205

Ruth Mott by Cecily Crampin and John Horder  Mott/1/5/4/4  N.d.

Former reference: A.205A

Published volume of memories from family members and friends.

Family correspondence  Mott/1/5/5  1922-1962, 2003, n.d.

Former reference: A.206-A.326

27 items

Correspondence, 1922-1955, is predominantly letters from Mott to his parents though the sequence also includes letters from other family members to his parents, especially his wife, Ruth and his sister, Joan Fitch. Correspondence from Mott on a visit to Japan, 1953 and from Mott on a visit to Africa, 1962, are predominantly letters from Mott to his wife. Mott seems to have examined much if not all of this correspondence in connexion with the preparation of his autobiography and the labelling of the envelopes and folders in which much of the correspondence was found reflects this. For letters used in Mott's autobiography see A.14-A.33. As far as possible the original arrangement and order has been preserved.

'Note of names etc that might be useful in due course in reading the letters'  Mott/1/5/5/1  2003

Former reference: A.206

3pp print-out of email from Alice Crampin, daughter of Mott, 23 January 2003.

'Letters missed from book'  Mott/1/5/5/2  1922-1952, n.d.

Former reference: A.207-A.213

Contents of envelope so inscribed.

1922-1923  Mott/1/5/5/2/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.207

Predominantly letters from School House, Clifton College, Bristol.

1924  Mott/1/5/5/2/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.208

Letters from Lausanne, Switzerland, July 1924.

1925, 1928  Mott/1/5/5/2/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.209

Letters, 1925, are from St John's College, Cambridge.

1930-1931  Mott/1/5/5/2/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.210

Letters from Cambridge.

1938  Mott/1/5/5/2/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.211

Includes letters from the USA.

1947, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/2/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.212

Predominantly letters from Stuart House, The Royal Fort, Clifton, Bristol.

1952  Mott/1/5/5/2/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.213

'Letters Lausanne School Early St John's'  Mott/1/5/5/3  1923-1925

Former reference: A.214-A.218

Contents of folder so inscribed.

1923 January  Mott/1/5/5/3/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.214

Letters from home (Falkner Square Liverpool) and School House, Clifton College, Bristol.

1923 May-November  Mott/1/5/5/3/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.215

Letters from School House, Clifton College, Bristol.

1924  Mott/1/5/5/3/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.216

Letters from Lausanne, Switzerland, and St John's College, Cambridge.

1925  Mott/1/5/5/3/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.217, A.218

Letters from St John's College, Cambridge. 2 folders.

'Engagement Angry letter to [?] F Copenhagen'  Mott/1/5/5/4  1924-1947

Former reference: A.219-A.225

Contents of folder so inscribed.

1924, 1926  Mott/1/5/5/4/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.219

Letters from St John's College, Cambridge.

1928 January - March  Mott/1/5/5/4/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.220

Letters from Cambridge.

1928 April - June  Mott/1/5/5/4/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.221

Predominantly from Cambridge.

1928 July - August  Mott/1/5/5/4/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.222

Predominantly from Cambridge.

1928 September  Mott/1/5/5/4/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.223

Letters from Copenhagen.

1928 October - December, 1947  Mott/1/5/5/4/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.224

Letters from Copenhagen. Includes 1947 letter re visit to Scandinavia with impressions of Stockholm and Copenhagen.

1928 September - December  Mott/1/5/5/4/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.225

Includes letters from Ruth from Green Acre, Ealing her family home and Newnham College, Cambridge.

'1926 General Strike'  Mott/1/5/5/5  1926-1927, n.d.

Former reference: A.226-A.230

Contents of folder so inscribed.

1926 January - June  Mott/1/5/5/5/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.226

Letters predominantly from Cambridge. Mott's letter of 16 May 1926 reflects on his experience of the General Strike.

1926 September - December  Mott/1/5/5/5/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.227

Predominantly from Cambridge.

1927 January - June  Mott/1/5/5/5/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.228

Letters from Cambridge.

1927 July, October  Mott/1/5/5/5/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.229

Letters from Cambridge.

1927 November, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/5/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.230

Letters from Cambridge.

'Copenhagen for Margaret [Gowing]'  Mott/1/5/5/6  1928, 1945

Former reference: A.231

Contents of folder so inscribed: pages from one or more letters from Copenhagen, 1928, found stapled together and letter, 6 June 1945, on possible postwar restrictions on scientists who had been associated with war work in respect of visiting colleagues in foreign countries.

Correspondence, off-print  Mott/1/5/5/7  1929

Former reference: A.232

'Manchester'  Mott/1/5/5/8  1929-1930, n.d.

Former reference: A.233, A.234

Contents of folder so inscribed.

1929-1930  Mott/1/5/5/8/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.233

Includes letters from Leipzig where Mott attended a conference and gave a lecture and Dresden, June 1930.

N.d.  Mott/1/5/5/8/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.234

Includes letter from R.H. Fowler.

'M/C [crossed out] 4 C.P. Some U.S.A. 1938'  Mott/1/5/5/9  1930-1938, n.d.

Former reference: A.235-A.244

Contents of folder so inscribed. The sequence begins with Mott's return to Cambridge from Manchester in 1930. 4 Caledonian Place was the Motts' private address in Bristol. In 1938 Mott received his first invitation to visit America, to teach in a summer school at the University of Pittsburg.

1930 August - October  Mott/1/5/5/9/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.235

1930 November - December  Mott/1/5/5/9/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.236

N.d. [ ? 1930-1931]  Mott/1/5/5/9/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.237

1937 January - March, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/9/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.238

1937 May - October  Mott/1/5/5/9/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.239

N.d [? 1937]  Mott/1/5/5/9/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.240

1938 January - May  Mott/1/5/5/9/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.241

Letter of 28 May 1938 is written on R.M.S Queen Mary headed notepaper.

1938 July - August  Mott/1/5/5/9/8  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.242

Letters from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

1938 August - September  Mott/1/5/5/9/9  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.243

Letters from various locations in North America including Schenectady, New York, Canadian Pacific Railway ' en route', Banff, Alberta, 'In Vancouver Harbour' and Berkeley, California.

N.d.  Mott/1/5/5/9/10  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.244

'Greece in 1930s Invitation to Bristol'  Mott/1/5/5/10  1932-1933, n.d.

Former reference: A.245-A.248

Contents of folder so inscribed.

1932 January - March  Mott/1/5/5/10/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.245

Includes letters from Milan and Athens.

1932 April - June  Mott/1/5/5/10/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.246

Letters predominantly from Cambridge.

1932 August - December  Mott/1/5/5/10/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.247

Letters predominantly from Cambridge. Those dated from August 1932 refer to visit to Bristol in connexion with the vacant Chair of Theoretical Physics.

1933, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/10/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.248

Predominantly letters from Cambridge before Mott's move to Bristol.

'Some letters missed from book / Useful for Caius dinner'  Mott/1/5/5/11  1933, n.d.

Former reference: A.249, A.250

Contents of folder so inscribed.

1933 February-March, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/11/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A..249

Letters from Cambridge.

1933 May - December, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/11/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.250

Letters from Cambridge and Bristol.

'Bristol 1934 Russia'  Mott/1/5/5/12  N.d., 1934-1935

Former reference: A.251-A.254

Contents of folder so inscribed. Mott visited Russia with his wife to attend a conference to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Russian chemist, Mendeleef. For Ruth Mott's account of the visit to Russia see A.198.

N.d., 1934  Mott/1/5/5/12/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.251

Includes letters from London, August 1934, preparatory to sea voyage to Leningrad.

1934 September  Mott/1/5/5/12/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.252

Letters and postcards from the visit to Russia. Includes letters and postcards from the return journey via Finland and Sweden.

N.d. [1934]  Mott/1/5/5/12/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.253

Includes letters from Bristol written after the return from Russia.

1935, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/12/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.254

Includes letters from Ireland where the Motts were on holiday.

'1936'  Mott/1/5/5/13  1936, n.d.

Former reference: A.255-A.257

Contents of folder so inscribed. Letters from Bristol.

1936 January - June  Mott/1/5/5/13/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.255

1936 July - December  Mott/1/5/5/13/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.256

N.d.  Mott/1/5/5/13/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.257

'1939'  Mott/1/5/5/14  1939

Former reference: A.258-A.261

Contents of folder so inscribed. Predominantly letters from Bristol.

1939 January - March  Mott/1/5/5/14/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.258

1939 April - August  Mott/1/5/5/14/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.259

Includes letter re conference on magnetism at Strasbourg organised by the Committee on Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nations, July 1939.

1939 August - September  Mott/1/5/5/14/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.260

1939 October - December  Mott/1/5/5/14/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.261

Contents of untitled folder  Mott/1/5/5/15  1940, n.d.

Former reference: A.262-A.264

3 items

Predominantly letters from Bristol.

1940 January - June  Mott/1/5/5/15/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.262

1940 July - September  Mott/1/5/5/15/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.263

1940 October - December, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/15/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.264

Contents of untitled box folder  Mott/1/5/5/16  1942-1945, n.d.

Former reference: A.265-A.287

4 items

'1942'  Mott/1/5/5/16/1  1942

Former reference: A.265-A.268

Contents of folder so inscribed. Mott wrote from a number of locations reflecting his war work and from the home of Ruth Mott's parents, Two Oaks, Chailey, Sussex.

1942 January - March  Mott/1/5/5/16/1/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.265

1942 April - June  Mott/1/5/5/16/1/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.266

1942 July - September  Mott/1/5/5/16/1/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.267

1942 October - December  Mott/1/5/5/16/1/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.268

Contents of untitled folder  Mott/1/5/5/16/2  N.d., 1942-1943

Former reference: A.269-A.275

Mott wrote from a number of locations reflecting his war work and from the home of Ruth Mott's parents, Two Oaks, Chailey, Sussex. Many letters undated.

1942 April, 1943 January - February  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.269

1943 March, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.270

1943 April - May  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.271

1943 June, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.272

1943 July - August  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.273

1943 September - October, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.274

1943 November - December, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/2/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.275

Contents of untitled folder  Mott/1/5/5/16/3  1944, n.d.

Former reference: A.276-A.280

Mott wrote from a number of locations reflecting his war work and from the home of Ruth Mott's parents, Two Oaks, Chailey, Sussex.

1944 January - April, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/3/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.276

1944 May  Mott/1/5/5/16/3/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.277

1944 June - July, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/3/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.278

1944 August - October, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/3/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.279

1944 November - December, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/3/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.280

'1945 seen'  Mott/1/5/5/16/4  1945, n.d.

Former reference: A.281-A.287

Contents of folder so inscribed. Letters predominantly from Bristol by the second half of the year.

1945 January - February  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.281

1945 March - April  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.282

1945 May - June  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.283

1945 July  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.284

1945 August  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.285

1945 October - December  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.286

N.d.  Mott/1/5/5/16/4/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.287

'Useful Set. Holland US Germany ASA 1946'  Mott/1/5/5/17  1946, n.d.

Former reference: A.288-290

Contents of folder so labelled. Letters predominantly from Bristol.

1946 January - May, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/17/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.288

1946 June - September  Mott/1/5/5/17/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.289

Letters, September 1946, are from New York and RMS Aquitania.

1946 October - November, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/17/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.290

Letter, 7 October [1946], from Bad Oynhausen, Germany.

'Bristol postwar U.S. trip 1950'  Mott/1/5/5/18  1946-1952, n.d.

Former reference: A.291-A.307

Contents of folder so labelled. Very many letters undated.

1946-1947  Mott/1/5/5/18/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.291

Includes letter from 'Hamburg BAOR', 3 April [?1946].

1948 January - May, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/18/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.292

Includes letters from Paris, 18 April 1948 and n.d.

1948 July - August  Mott/1/5/5/18/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.293

Includes letters from Zurich, Switzerland, where Mott was attending a conference and letters and notes re preparation of a BBC radio broadcast. See also A.295 for papers re BBC broadcast.

1948 October - December  Mott/1/5/5/18/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.294

Papers re Mott's contribution to BBC radio third programme talks department project on 'Ideas and Beliefs of the Victorians'  Mott/1/5/5/18/5  N.d.

Former reference: A.295

Extract from Radio Times re project. 'Influence of Physical Science on the Thought of the Victorians', 11pp typescript talk by Mott.

1949 January - May  Mott/1/5/5/18/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.296

1949 June - December, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/18/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.297

Includes undated letter referring to Yukawa's Nobel Prize and C.F. Powell's Royal Society Hughes Medal.

1950 January - July, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/18/8  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.298

1950 October - December, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/18/9  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.299

Includes letters from visit to USA, October-November 1950.

1951, n.d.  Mott/1/5/5/18/10  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.300

1952  Mott/1/5/5/18/11  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.301

Includes letters from visit to Italy, Bergamo and Milan, September 1952.

N.d.  Mott/1/5/5/18/12  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.302-A.307

6 folders. At A.304 is undated Atomic Scientists' Association printed paper. Mott is President.

Contents of untitled folder  Mott/1/5/5/19  1953-1955, n.d.

Former reference: A.308-A.317

Mott's letters to his father. His mother died in 1952. Mott moved to Cambridge as Cavendish Professor of Physics in July 1954.

1953  Mott/1/5/5/19/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.308

1954 January - September  Mott/1/5/5/19/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.309

1954 October - December  Mott/1/5/5/19/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.310

1955 January - February  Mott/1/5/5/19/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.311

1955 March - April  Mott/1/5/5/19/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.312

Includes letters and press-cutting re honorary degree awarded by the University of Poitiers, France, March 1955.

1955 May - June  Mott/1/5/5/19/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.313

1955 July - August  Mott/1/5/5/19/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.314

1955 September - October  Mott/1/5/5/19/8  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.315

1955 November - December  Mott/1/5/5/19/9  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.316

N.d.  Mott/1/5/5/19/10  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.317

'Japan Trip'  Mott/1/5/5/20  1953

Former reference: A.318-A.322

Contents of envelope so inscribed. Mott went to an International Conference on Theoretical Physics in Japan

Letters written en route to Mott's wife, 3 - 6 September  Mott/1/5/5/20/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.318

Letters written from Japan to Mott's wife, 7 - 30 September  Mott/1/5/5/20/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.319

Letters written en route and from Japan to Mott's father, 4 - 30 September  Mott/1/5/5/20/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.320

Four photographs of Mott and Bristol colleague Charles Frank in Japan  Mott/1/5/5/20/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.321

Japanese press-cuttings  Mott/1/5/5/20/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.322

'Africa'  Mott/1/5/5/21  1962

Former reference: A.323-A.325

Contents of folder so inscribed. Predominantly letters written to his wife. Mott made a two-month trip round Africa as the Royal Society's Rutherford Lecturer. He spent three weeks in Uganda and visited Nairobi, Kenya, Salisbury, Rhodesia, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.

1962 October  Mott/1/5/5/21/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.323

Includes letters from Makerere College, Kampala, Uganda.

1962 November  Mott/1/5/5/21/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.324

Letters from Nairobi, Salisbury, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, University College, Ibadan, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. Includes 6pp manuscript notes titled 'Six days in South Africa'.

Copy of the Ghanaian Times, 1 December 1962  Mott/1/5/5/21/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.325

First page includes picture headed 'Eminent physicist meets Kwame [Nkrumah]'.

Undated letters  Mott/1/5/5/22  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.326

Personal correspondence  Mott/1/5/6  1940-1975, n.d.

Former reference: A.327-A.333

5 items

1960-1968  Mott/1/5/6/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.327

1970-1975  Mott/1/5/6/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.328

'A History of School House', Clifton College, Bristol sent to Mott by the author, 8 June 1975  Mott/1/5/6/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.329

N.d.  Mott/1/5/6/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.330

Letters addressed to Mott's wife, 1940-1969, n.d.  Mott/1/5/6/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: A.331-A.333

3 folders.

PRESS CUTTINGS  Mott/1/6  1929-1988

Former reference: A.334-A.346

4 items

'NFM I - to 1953'  Mott/1/6/1  1929-1953

Former reference: A.334

Contents of folder so inscribed. Includes letter from unidentified correspondent in Budapest, Hungary, 15 November 1939. Photograph removed from folder is presented at A.347.

'NFM Cambridge 1954-1955 (TECH)'  Mott/1/6/2  1954-1955

Former reference: A.335-A.342

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into eight for ease of reference. Many of the cuttings relate to the British Association meeting held at Bristol in 1955. At A.335 is menu card for International Conference on Defects in Crystalline Solids dinner, Bristol, 15 July 1954. At A.342 is carbon of letter from Mott to Sir Walter Benton Jones, United Steel Companies Ltd re a suggestion of Sir Walter's that industry should provide funds for a number of entrance awards to Cambridge and Oxford colleges, n.d.

'NFM - 1961 - '  Mott/1/6/3  1959-1965

Former reference: A.343-A.345

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into three for ease of reference.

Miscellaneous  Mott/1/6/4  1959-1988

Former reference: A.346

PHOTOGRAPHS  Mott/1/7  N.d., 1977-1995

Former reference: A.347-A.355

9 items

Photograph of Mott with colleagues  Mott/1/7/1  N.d.

Former reference: A.347

Undated but found with press-cuttings at A.334. Manuscript inscription on verso indicates that it was sent to Mott by E.T.S. Walton. Manuscript inscription by Mott provides key: 'Left to right Ellis Walton Errera Dirac Cabrera Joliot N.F.M. Cosyns'.

'Bordeaux Nov 1977'  Mott/1/7/2  1977

Former reference: A.348

Two photographs of Mott receiving honorary degree.

Four photographs probably taken on the occasion of the award of the 1977 Nobel Prize  Mott/1/7/3  [1977]

Former reference: A.349

Photograph of Mott with 'Prof. A. Alexandrov and son Dec. 1990'  Mott/1/7/4  1990

Former reference: A.350

Photograph of Mott 'Leeds 10/2/91'  Mott/1/7/5  1991

Former reference: A.351

Three photographs of Mott with colleagues, Saarbrücken, Germany, 29 June 1995  Mott/1/7/6  1995

Former reference: A.352

Two undated photographs of Mott with colleagues, one taken outside Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge  Mott/1/7/7  N.d.

Former reference: A.353

Photographs of others  Mott/1/7/8  N.d., 1994

Former reference: A.354, A.355

2 items

Portrait photograph of H.S.W. Massey  Mott/1/7/8/1  N.d.

Former reference: A.354

Photograph of Stanford R. and Iris Ovshinsky in the form of a greetings card  Mott/1/7/8/2  1994

Former reference: A.355

MISCELLANEOUS  Mott/1/8  1963-1987

Former reference: A.356-A.359

3 items

Social occasions  Mott/1/8/1  1963-1977

Former reference: A.356

Menu cards and seating plans

'N.F.M.'s file on glass, coins etc'  Mott/1/8/2  1974-1976

Former reference: A.357, A.358

Contents of folder so inscribed divided into two for ease of reference: manuscript draft and background material re Mott's Presidential Address to the Numismatics Society on coins and stained glass.

Archives  Mott/1/8/3  1970-1987

Former reference: A.359

Correspondence re correspondence on scientific matters of Mott's parents and his own archives

LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS, B.1-B.15  Mott/2  c 1942-1995

Former reference: SECTION B

15 items

LECTURES  Mott/2/1  1956-1990, N.d.

Former reference: B.1-B.8

8 items

'Lecture III'  Mott/2/1/1  N.d.

Former reference: B.1

12pp typescript of lecture beginning 'In the lecture... I have undertaken to speak on the nature of the discoveries made in science, their effect on the community and their relation to other branches of knowledge and experience'. Undated but inscribed in pencil at the top of the first page 'M&F [Mother and Father]. This very schematic - I expanded a good deal in my lecture'. Mott's mother died in 1952.

'Science and education', 36th Earl Grey Memorial Lecture, King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne, 11 May 1956  Mott/2/1/2  1956

Former reference: B.2

14pp typescript.

'Science and Moral Values'  Mott/2/1/3  April 1967

Former reference: B.3

14pp typescript.

Talk on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, 11 July 1977  Mott/2/1/4  1977

Former reference: B.4

Alumni Gazette Centenary Issue ( University of Bristol 1975-1977), pp23-26.

'English education - elitist or not?'  Mott/2/1/5  1979

Former reference: B.5

10pp typescript dated December 1979.

Rochester Lecture, Department of Physics, University of Durham, 25 October 1990  Mott/2/1/6  1990

Former reference: B.6

1 letter only re arrangements, 19 April 1990.

Lectures by others  Mott/2/1/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: B.7, B.8

2 items

'Remarks by J.E. Meade. SDP Conference on Wage-Fixing, Bedford College [London], 17 July 1982  Mott/2/1/7/1  1982

Former reference: B.7

5pp typescript with manuscript revision.

'Reflections on Atomic Energy History'  Mott/2/1/7/2  N.d.

Former reference: B.8

24pp typescript of lecture by [? Margaret Gowing].

PUBLICATIONS  Mott/2/2  c 1942-1995

Former reference: B.9-B.15

7 items

Publications  Mott/2/2/1  1940s

Former reference: B.9

'Summer School at Bristol University for Teachers of Physics in Grammar Schools', c 1942. 3pp typescript account of the Summer School probably written for publication by Mott. The account is typed on the back of documents dated, November 1942. 'Can Atomic Weapons Keep the Peace?', 1948 Photocopy of published article.

Obituary of F.P. Bowden  Mott/2/2/2  1968

Former reference: B.10

Typescript and proof of obituary for Nature.

'Supersonic Aircraft Routes Across Britain', Letter to the Editor, The Times, 21 November  Mott/2/2/3  1969

Former reference: B.11

Newspaper cutting. Mott was one of the signatories of the letter.

Book reviews  Mott/2/2/4  c 1974

Former reference: B.12

Review of: The Cavendish Laboratory 1874-1974 by J.G. Crowther Photocopy of Mott's review in the Times Higher Educational Supplement. 1974 Review of: Margaret Gowing, Independence and deterrence; Britain and atomic energy, 1945-1952. c 1974. 5pp typescript. c 1974

'Thoughts on James'  Mott/2/2/5  N.d.

Former reference: B.13

4pp typescript by Mott beginning 'What do readers of Where think about Lord James' proposals for the colleges of education?' 'Where' was a publication of the Advisory Centre for Education.

2pp typescript comprising Mott's answers to questions 1-4.  Mott/2/2/6  N.d.

Former reference: B.14

The questions are not reproduced in the typescript.

Correspondence re publications  Mott/2/2/7  1970-1995

Former reference: B.15

SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS, C.1-C.8  Mott/3  1952-1995, n.d.

Former reference: SECTION C

8 items



Former reference: C.1

1 item

Printed material only.


Former reference: C.2

1 item

Provisional list of acceptances for participation at the Ninth Pugwash conference, Cambridge, 25-30 August 1962. Notes on the Pugwash meeting in Cambridge, 25-30 August 1962. 2pp duplicated typescript by Mott, 6 August 1962. Two letter of thanks for hospitality during the Pugwash Conference, September 1962.

ROYAL SOCIETY  Mott/3/3  1969-1983

Former reference: C.3-C.6

3 items

'The Shortage of Mathematics and Science Teachers in Schools'  Mott/3/3/1  1969

Former reference: C.3

Report of a Working Party appointed by the Royal Society and the Council of Engineering Institutions in 1967, which was joined by representatives of the Council of Science and Technology Institutes in 1969. Mott chaired the Working Party.

Agenda and committee papers for meeting of Royal Society Education Committee, 16 November  Mott/3/3/2  1972

Former reference: C.4

Mott was a member of the Committee.

Typescript and printed papers re science education  Mott/3/3/3  1981-1983, N.d.

Former reference: C.5-C.6

2 folders.


Former reference: C.7

1 item

Copy of memorandum 'An Opportunity for a Long-Term Policy on Science and Technology', probably sent to Mott for information.


Former reference: C.8

1 item

Letter to Mott re 'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity', 27 January.

VISITS AND CONFERENCES, D.1-D.6  Mott/4  1959-1993

Former reference: SECTION D

6 items

Summer School on the Physics of the Solid State, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 15 July-13 August 1959  Mott/4/1  1959

Former reference: D.1

Administrative history:
Mott was Director of the Summer School.

Information brochure only.

'Towards a Broader Curriculum', Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 15-16 September 1967  Mott/4/2  1967

Former reference: D.2

Administrative history:
The conference on educational problems concerned with the transition from school to university was held at the initiative of Mott and with the sponsorship of Nature.

Off-print from Nature including conference report and leading article.

International scientific conference hosted by President François Mitterand, Paris, France, 22 April 1979  Mott/4/3  1979

Former reference: D.3

Invitation only.

'A visit to Hungary, September 1986'  Mott/4/4  1986

Former reference: D.4

4pp typescript account of visit by Mott dated '12.10.86'.

Université de Nancy 1, France, 6-7 November 1986  Mott/4/5  1986

Former reference: D.5

Newspaper report of visit.

15th International Conference on Amorphous Semiconductors: Science and Technology, Cambridge, 6-10 September 1993  Mott/4/6  1993

Former reference: D.6

1 letter only re arrangements.

RELIGION, E.1-E.43  Mott/5  1952-1996, N.d.

Former reference: SECTION E

34 items

Correspondence  Mott/5/1  1977-1996, N.d.

Former reference: E.1-E.13

8 items

General correspondence re Mott's religious interests  Mott/5/1/1  1977-1995, N.d.

Former reference: E.1-E.8

7 items

1977-1980  Mott/5/1/1/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.1

Letter of March 1980 from the theologian Hans Küng is addressed 'Dear Friends' in typescript with 'Dear Professor Mott' added in manuscript. It begins 'Your many demonstrations of solidarity from all over the world have been overwhelming ...'.

1982-1984  Mott/5/1/1/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.2

1985-1986  Mott/5/1/1/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.3

1987  Mott/5/1/1/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.4, E.5

2 folders.

1988-1989  Mott/5/1/1/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.6

1991-1996  Mott/5/1/1/6  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.7

N.d.  Mott/5/1/1/7  [n.d.]

Former reference: E.8

Correspondence with Elisabeth Stopp  Mott/5/1/2  1980-1988, N.d.

Former reference: E.9-E.13

1 item

Principally re religious interests. 5 folders.

'Christianity without miracles' and shorter publications and writings  Mott/5/2  1977-1996, N.d.

Former reference: E.14-E.27

16 items

'Christianity without miracles' was Mott's essay in the volume of essays Can scientists believe? edited by Mott and published by James and James 1991.

'Christianity without miracles'  Mott/5/2/1  N.d.

Former reference: E.14

16pp typescript with manuscript comments, additions and corrections.

Writings  Mott/5/2/2  1977, 1981

Former reference: E.15

'Hans Kung Structure of the Church' 2pp manuscript note dated '17/9/77'. 'To a Rebellious House? Report of the Church of England's Partners in Mission Consultation' Copy of report with 1p manuscript comment on the report by Mott, 1981.

'For the Center for the Study of Contemporary Belief', Santa Barbara, California'  Mott/5/2/3  1983

Former reference: E.16

3pp typescript by Mott, August 1983.

'To the Editor Faith and Worship'  Mott/5/2/4  [1985]

Former reference: E.17

1p typescript written in response to a letter in the Spring 1985 issue.

'The Nature of Christian Belief Statement by the House of Bishops'  Mott/5/2/5  [1986]

Former reference: E.18

5pp manuscript draft by Mott, n.d., attached to photocopy of article from The Times, 28 June 1986.

'Some observations on Christian belief'  Mott/5/2/6  1987

Former reference: E.19

10pp manuscript draft by Mott dated '11.1.87'.

'What I believe'  Mott/5/2/7  1987

Former reference: E.20

2pp manuscript notes by Mott dated '24.3.87'.

Untitled manuscript draft beginning 'Since - perhaps 25 years ago, I became a regular attendant at an Anglican church or College chapel, I have achieved a belief in God, but a much less clear understanding of of Jesus - who he was and what did he teach?'  Mott/5/2/8  1987

Former reference: E.21

11pp manuscript draft dated '7/4/87', manuscript notes and 1p photocopy from published source.

'Salvation. Christ's death for us'  Mott/5/2/9  1987

Former reference: E.22

2pp manuscript notes by Mott dated '24.5.87'.

Proposed new journal  Mott/5/2/10  1987

Former reference: E.23

'A suggestion for a new quarterly journal for discussion at the [Taylor & Francis] Board Meeting on 28 June 1987 Title of Journal 'Contemporary Religion' ' 2pp typescript by Mott, 15 June 1987. 'A proposal for a new journal 'Contemporary Religion' or 'Religion Today' '. 1p typescript by 'Nevill Mott President, Taylor & Francis' August 1987.

'A Visit to the Vatican'  Mott/5/2/11  1988

Former reference: E.24

Article by Mott in Christian News, February 1988.

'Notes on my beliefs'  Mott/5/2/12  1996

Former reference: E.25

3pp typescript by Mott, July 1996.

'Some notes on The Myth of God Incarnate (Hick) The Truth of God Incarnate (Green) The Origin of Christology (Moule)'  Mott/5/2/13  N.d.

Former reference: E.26

12pp manuscript draft by Mott.

'A possible Christian approach to nuclear weapons'  Mott/5/2/14  N.d.

Former reference: E.27

5pp photocopied manuscript by Mott with manuscript comments by 'Miss Gill'.

Sermons  Mott/5/3  1973-1988

Former reference: E.28-E.36

9 items

'Commemoration of benefactors', Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge, 29 October 1973  Mott/5/3/1  1973

Former reference: E.28

4pp typescript address. Identical 4pp typescript address for '29 October 1978' .

'Address in St Botolphs Church (25.10.81)' beginning 'The Rector suggested that I should speak to you about science and religion on the Sunday when you have heard the Old Testament story of the creation'  Mott/5/3/2  1981

Former reference: E.29

4pp typescript.

'Sermon in Caius Chapel, January 1982'  Mott/5/3/3  1982

Former reference: E.30

3pp typescript and 5pp typescript with manuscript revision titled 'Sermon at Caius'.

Sermons  Mott/5/3/4  1984

Former reference: E.31

'Saint Botolph's Church, Aspley Guise Address by Sir Nevill Mott 18.11.84'. 3pp typescript of sermon on 'miracles and science'. 'Sermon at Husborne Crawley Church', 2 December 1984 3pp typescript of sermon on Anglican liturgy.

Sermons  Mott/5/3/5  1985

Former reference: E.32

'Sermon by Nevill Mott St Botolph's, Aspley Guise, 21.5.85' 2pp typescript of sermon on the theology of Hans Küng. 'Sermon in St Botolphs Oct 20 1985' beginning 'Those who read Christian News will know that a few of us from Richard's and nearby parishes have met a few times to discuss Christian attitudes to nuclear weapons' 5pp manuscript draft.

Sermons  Mott/5/3/6  1986

Former reference: E.33

'Sermon - 13 July 1986 at St. Botolphs' 5pp typescript of sermon on 'a remarkable book by Hugh Montefiore, Bishop of Birmingham, entitled 'The probability of God' '. 'Sermon in St Botolphs (23 November 1986)' 3pp typescript of sermon 'about buildings, about the churches, sculpture and paintings that we inherit from our Christian ancestors'.

'Sermon in Pembroke College [Cambridge], 1 February 1987  Mott/5/3/7  1987

Former reference: E.34

2pp typescript and 6pp manuscript drafts of sermon on his own religious beliefs.

Sermons  Mott/5/3/8  1987

Former reference: E.35

'Sermon 30/3/87'. 8pp manuscript draft of sermon on Hans Küng. 'Sermon, St Botolphs, Sunday November 15, 1987' 3pp typescript of sermon with manuscript comments by Mott and another.

'Sermon for St Botolphs October 1988'  Mott/5/3/9  1988

Former reference: E.36

3pp typescript of sermon on the Church of England.

Background material  Mott/5/4  1952-1988, N.d.

Former reference: E.37-E.43

1 item

Printed and duplicated papers including newspaper cuttings. Topics include Hans Küng and liturgical questions especially in the Church of England. At A.37 is a lecture by Mervyn Stockwood on 'The Impact of Science on Religion', 13 February 1952. 7 folders

CORRESPONDENCE, F.1-F.5  Mott/6  1963-1996, N.d.

Former reference: SECTION F

5 items

A chronological sequence of correspondence with scientific colleagues and others.

1963-1968  Mott/6/1  [n.d.]

Former reference: F.1

1972-1978  Mott/6/2  [n.d.]

Former reference: F.2

1985-1986  Mott/6/3  [n.d.]

Former reference: F.3

Includes 1986 letter from Mott to Martyn Berry, returned to his daughter with a covering letter from Berry, 4 February 2002.

1991-1996  Mott/6/4  [n.d.]

Former reference: F.4

N.d  Mott/6/5  [n.d.]

Former reference: F.5

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