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Papers of SIR FRANK E. SMITH, F.R.S. (1876 - 1969)

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Reference CSAC 9.3.74
Covering dates c1952 - c1972
Held by London University, Imperial College Archives
Extent 6 items
Creators Goodeve, Sir, Charles Frederick, 1904-1980, Knight, industrial scientist
Note Listed by: Jeannine Alton
Harriot Weiskittel

Administrative history:
Summary of the career of Sir Frank Smith
Note: a full list of Smith's Honours is given in the Royal Society Memoir,p.546
b.1876 Aston,Birmingham
1884 - 88 Corbett Street Board School,Smethwick
1888 - 91 Smethwick Central School
1894 - 95 Birmingham Technical School (now University of Aston)
1897 National Scholarship to Royal College of Science (now Imperial College)
1899 Associateship,R.C.S.
1900 - 01 Assistant Demonstrator,R.C.S.
1901 - 20 National Physical Laboratory
1901 Assistant to Director,Sir Richard Glazebrook
1909 Principal Assistant
1917 Superintendant,Electricity Department
1902 Married Nellie May King (died 1961)
1914 - 18 Work for Board of Invention and Research
1918 Fellow of The Royal Society
1920 - 29 Director,Scientific & Experimental Department,Admiralty
1922 - 29 Hon. Sec. British Association
1924 - 26 President,Physical Society
1925 Hughes Medal,Royal Society
1927 Duddell Medal,Royal Society
1929 - 39 Secretary,D.S.I.R.
1929 - 37 Physical Secretary,Royal Society
1934 Faraday Medal,Inst.Electrical Engineers
1937 Fellow,Imperial College
1939 - 55 Adviser on Research & Development,Anglo-Iranian Oil (later B.P.)
1939 - 42 Director, Instrument Production, Ministry of Supply
1940 - 42 Director of Telecommunications, M.A.P.
1940 - 46 Chairman, Technical Defence Committee, M.I.5
1941 - 47 Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council
1943 - 46 President, Institute of Physics
1944 - 57 Chairman, Research Committee, B.S.A. (Director, B.S.A.1947)
1946 - 54 Chairman, Road Research Board

Description of the collection
The papers consist of biographical material,reminiscences and information assembled by Sir Charles Goodeve for his Royal Society Memoir of Smith,and passed on by him. In the course of his enquiries,Sir Charles was able to establish the correct date of Smith's birth (1876),which had previously been accepted as 1879: see copy of Smith's birth certificate in Item 1.
Because Smith died at the advanced age of 93,and had spent much of his career as a scientist in government and industry,no manuscripts or private papers remain.

[no title]  CSAC 9.3.74/1  c1972

Memoir, by Sir Charles Goodeve (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 18, 1972); miscellaneous obituary and memorial notices; copy of Smith's birth certificate; letter re early education in Birmingham.

Publications  CSAC 9.3.74/2  c1965

'Paul Instrument Fund' (The Royal Society, n.d.), includes note by Smith on Paul's Will.
Journal Royal Naval Scientific Service, 20, July 1965, Memorial Number to A.B. Wood, includes note by Smith.

[no title]  CSAC 9.3.74/3  1970 - 73

Correspondence with Mrs. B.M.Fry (Smith's daughter)

[no title]  CSAC 9.3.74/4  1970 - 72

Correspondence with friends and colleagues of Smith;
John Buckingham
Leonard Cohen
Sir William Glanville, CB, CBE, FRS
Archibald Vivian Hill, CH, OBE, FRS
G. R. D. Hogg, CB, CBE
Reginald Victor Jones, CB, CBE, FRS
N. A. W. Legrand
Sir Ben Lockspeiser, KCB, FRS
Dudley M. Newitt, FRS
D. A. Oliver
Sir Robert Robinson, OM, FRS
P. Docwra Rogers, OBE
J. E. Rowe
P. Vigoureux
Sir Charles Wright KCB, MC and Sir Frederick Brundrett, KCB, KBE

[no title]  CSAC 9.3.74/5  c1952

Printed material relating to Smith's career.
J.R.N.S.S. 7, nos. 2 and 4, 1952, contain articles by John Buckingham describing Smith's work during 1914 - 18 War and as Director of Scientific Research, Admiralty
Article by R.W.Cheshire, 'The Admiralty Research Laboratory'
(Annotated by Sir Charles Goodeve)

[no title]  CSAC 9.3.74/6  nd (c1972)

Sir Charles Goodeve's file, inscribed 'Sir Frank Smith.F.R.S. Correspondence with helpers.'
Notes, bibliography, references, acknowledgments and other biographical information assembled for Smith's Memoir.

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