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
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)
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 9.3.74/4 1970 - 72
Correspondence with friends and colleagues of Smith;
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
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)