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Papers of Professor Richard Whiddington, C.B.E., F.R.S. (1885 - 1970)

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Reference CSAC 7.1.74
Covering dates 1907 - 1963
Held by Leeds University, Brotherton Library
Extent 48 files
Source of acquisition Deposited in 1974
Creators Whiddington, Richard, 1885-1970, physicist
Related information A complete set of Professor Whiddington's offprints was deposited in the Library of the Royal Society, as was the set of J.W. Ryde's offprints which was found in the collection (Item 44). Two theses were returned - one to the University of Durham and one to Queen's University, Belfast.
I. Biographical 1 - 2
II. Cambridge notebooks 3 - 10
III. Laboratory notebooks 11 - 13
IV. Lectures and experiments 14 - 32
V. War work 33 - 34
VI. Publications 35 - 45
VII. Leeds University 46 - 48
VIII. Index to principal correspondents
Note Listed by: Harriot Weiskittel

Administrative history:
Summary of the career of Professor Whiddington
1885 Born in London
1905 Entered St. John's College, Cambridge
1911 D.Sc. London
1911 - 19 Fellow of St. John's College
1914 - 19 Radio Telegraphy and Telephony Research and Design, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1919 Married Katherine Reoch Grant
1919 - 51 Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Leeds
1925 - 48 Hon. Editor, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Proceedings
1926 Fellow of the Royal Society
1940 - 42 Department of Scientific Research, Admiralty
1942 - 45 Deputy Director Scientific Research, Ministry of Supply
1946 C.B.E.
1949 - 51 Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds
1952 - 54 President, the Physical Society
1959 - 62 Scientific Advisor to Central Treaty Organisation

Professor Whiddington discarded most of his papers on his move to Norfolk following his retirement from the University of Leeds in 1951. The material received from his widow Mrs. Katherine Whiddington consists largely of manuscript notes for lectures - those which Professor Whiddington delivered at Leeds, as well as those he attended as an undergraduate at Cambridge (see Items 3 - 6 for notes on lectures by G.F.C. Searle and C.T.R. Wilson). The only correspondence which remains is that pertaining to Science at War and to Whiddington's memoir of J.W. Ryde for the Royal Society.

Biographical  CSAC 7.1.74/I  [n.d.]

[no title or date]  CSAC 7.1.74/I/1

Memoir by Norman Feather (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 17, 1971, pp. 741 - 756)

[no title or date]  CSAC 7.1.74/I/2

'Emeritus Professor Richard Whiddington, C.B.E.' by E.C. Stoner The University of Leeds Review, Vol. II, No. 4, December 1951, pp. 342 - 351

Cambridge notebooks  CSAC 7.1.74/II  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/3  1907

Ms. notebook inscribed 'Mr. G.F.C. Searle, Heat. pt II. Mich Term '07': notes on lectures

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/4  1908

Ms. notebook inscribed 'Lent Term '08. Summation of Series of Electrical Measurements Vol. II. G.F.C. Searle': notes on lectures

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/5  1907

Ms. notebook inscribed 'Light (Wilson, C.T.R.) Mich Term. 1907': 23 lectures

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/6  1908

Ms. notebook inscribed 'Lent Term '08. Light (contd) C.T.R. Wison': 24 lectures

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/7  1910

Ms. notebook inscribed 'R. Whiddington, Feb. 3, 1910': tabular summaries of data, graphs

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/8  1910

Ms. notebook: notes on lectures 'The New Electric Field' 'Cathode Rays' and others

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/9  n.d

Ms. notebook: notes on lectures 'Intermediate Light'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/II/10  n.d

Ms. notebook inscribed 'Pass B.Sc. Heat': notes on lectures

Laboratory notebooks  CSAC 7.1.74/III  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/III/11  1916 - 18

Ms. notebook inscribed 'daily notes RW': data, tabular summaries, drawings, descriptions of experiments

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/III/12  1926 - 27

Ms. notebook inscribed 'G.R. Brett. Physics Department, the University, Leeds. Sept 1926 - July 1927': daily records of experiments (in another hand)

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/III/13  1927 - 28

Ms. notebook: record of experimental observations

Lectures and experiments  CSAC 7.1.74/IV  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/14  n.d

Ms. 'notes on wave velocity and group velocity'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/15  n.d

Ms. 'laws of induction from the MS. of G.F.C. Searle'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/16  n.d

Ms. '(i) comparison of refractive indices of water and airline'
(ii) measurement of the radii of curvature of a convex lens by Boye's method
(iii) Radius curvature of convex mirror'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/17  n.d

Ms. 'measurement of the electromotive force of a thermoelectric couple'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/18  n.d

Ms. 'dynamical compendium'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/19  n.d

Ms. 'resonance experiments'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/20  n.d

Ms. 'the copper voltameter'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/21  n.d

Ms. 'harmonic motion of a body suspended by a spring'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/22  n.d

Ms. 'testing iron by the magnetometer'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/23  n.d

Ms. 'the vibration magnetometer coulomb's experiment'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/24  n.d

Ms. 'notes on rainbows'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/25  1946 - 47

Ms. notes for series of lectures on gas conduction, including 3 pages of examination questions

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/26  n.d

Ms. notes for 4 lectures on radioactivity
lecture 1: introduction
lecture 2: [alpha]-rays
lecture 3: [alpha]-rays
lecture 4: [alpha]-rays

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/27  n.d

Ms. notes for various unnumbered lectures on radioactivity: 'successive trough theory', [...] 'uranium and the age of the earth', 'influence of filament temperature on valve' and others

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/28  1946?

Miscellaneous Ms. notes for various introductory physics lectures

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/29  n.d

Miscellaneous Ms. notes for various introductory physics lectures

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/30  1938?

Miscellaneous Ms. notes for various lectures on sound: includes typescript of 'An Optical Model for Studying the Acoustics of Theatres' and of 'Decibels and Phons'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/31  1938 - 49

Test papers, some Ms. notes, and Ms. 'Radio-teaching 1940 onwards' (In another hand)

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/IV/32  1939 - 48

Folder inscribed 'cosmic rays 1948' containing 8 sets of Ms. notes entitled: 'Instruments used in cosmic ray investigations'
'Track photographs'
'Cosmic rays general facts and interpretations'
'Composition of cosmic rays'
'The early facts of atomic rays'
'Latitude effect of cosmic radiation'

War Work  CSAC 7.1.74/V  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/V/33  1943

Deputy Director of Scientific Research: folder containing Ms. notes, correspondence, committee papers

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/V/34  1943

'Atomic Energy in relation to the Nationalisation of the Mines and Compensation therefor': typescript; untitled typescript re atomic energy in industry; copy of offprint by D. Gabor entitled 'Energy Conversion in Electronic Devices'

Publications  CSAC 7.1.74/VI  [n.d.]

[no title or date]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/35

Typescripts of Professor Whiddington's bibliography

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/36  1919

'Ionic oscillation in three-electrode thermionic valves', Radio Review, Vol. I, No. 2: typescript

Science at War (with J.G. Crowther) H.M.S.O. 1947  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/37-43  1945 - 52

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/37  1945 - 48

Correspondence with Crowther and others re writing and publication of book

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/38  1945 - 48

Correspondence with Department of Scientific and Industrial Research re publication and distribution

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/39  1945 - 48

Correspondence with DSIR secretarial assistants (includes typescripts of notes on meetings with Sir Edward Appleton and Professor J.T. Randall)

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/40  1948 - 50

Reviews and correspondence following publication

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/41  1948 - 52

Correspondence following publication (includes typescript of report by Captain B.H. Liddell Hart on operational research)

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/43  n.d

Typescript of manuscript with Ms. corrections

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/44  1961 - 63

Material used in writing Royal Society memoir of J.W. Ryde: copies of 1957 correspondence, obituary notices, scientific, photographs, Ryde's night illumination chart. Copy of Whiddington's memoir enclosed. (Whiddington's collection of Ryde's offprints deposited in the Library of the Royal Society, London)

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VI/45  1961 - 63

Correspondence with Ryde's co-workers (many with lengthy notes and personal recollections of Ryde's career)

University of Leeds  CSAC 7.1.74/VII  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VII/46  1925 - 26

Whiddington's report on university and industrial physics laboratories in North America (undertaken at request of Leeds University): includes photographs and floor plans, typescript of 'general notes on new accommodation for physics department'

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VII/47  1927

Photographs of physics building, University of Leeds; copy of Perkins Testimonial Fund report and photography of Professor A.G. Perkins

[no title]  CSAC 7.1.74/VII/48  n.d

Notes on the Brotherton Library', 'Mildewing of Book Covers, Parchments, etc.': typescripts

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