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Nuclear physics and the Second World War
THMG/D · Class · 1934-1960
Parte de Papers of Sir George Paget Thomson

The material is divided into two sections
D.1 - D.28 Nuclear physics and the MAUD Committee
These papers include some of Thomson's early research notes on experiments with neutrons and one folder of calculations re uranium (D.8) as well as copies of the MAUD Committee reports of July 1940, various notes of meetings and some correspondence, both contemporary and later.

D.29 - D.78 Second World War: other activities
The documentation for this period is sparse. There is very little in the way of correspondence, and less to illustrate Thomson's daily activities, with the exception of the visits he made to various establishments in Canada and the U.S.A. during his time at Ottawa as Scientific Liaison Officer between Britain and Canada. Most of these papers are accounts of meetings and visits in Canada and U.S.A. but there is also some correspondence. This series of ms. and typescript reports is to be found at D.35 - D.59. D.66 - 72 relate to Thomson's work on the Radio Board. D.73 - 76 relate to his position of Scientific Adviser to the Air Ministry

Papers of Sir George Paget Thomson
THMG · Arquivo · 1905-1977

The material includes notebooks, manuscript notes and drafts, drafts for lectures and papers (many unpublished or additional to those listed in the Bibliography compiled for the Royal Society Memoir of Thomson), photographs and slides of experimental results, and correspondence.

Of considerable interest are the drafts and text of Thomson's autobiography covering his career to 1966; this document, which he had written primarily for his family, is included at A.2 - A.14 and has, with permission, been drawn upon in compiling some of the catalogue entries. It is an important source of information for some of the `gaps' in the surviving manuscripts, particularly for such matters as Thomson's activities in the Second World War (other than the MAUD Committee), his many foreign visits and his public commitments. In his introduction to the autobiography, Thomson mentions his inability to write adequately of his wife Kathleen, and of his hope to compile a selection of her letters to him; bound copies of the autobiography, and of the letters, have been made available by Mr. D.P. Thomson and appear at A.14, A.14A respectively.

Thomson's scientific research on electron diffraction is well documented by notebooks, lectures and slides; his contribution to thermonuclear research, on which he was able to publish very little because of the demands of security, survives mainly in the form of manuscript notes and drafts (see Section E). Unfortunately, it is clear that much has been lost of the early correspondence on electron diffraction.

Thomson's service to the Royal Society, The Institute of Physics, the British Association and many other learned societies, is also very scantily documented.

Thomson's own distinguished contribution to scientific knowledge, together with his admiration for his father and early acquaintance with eminent men of science, made him always aware of the history of science and its practitioners. He wrote and lectured widely on these subjects, often for anniversary celebrations of various kinds, and also contributed many obituary tributes for individual scientists, many of them his personal friends. He frequently assembled information and recollections additional to those which appeared in the final publication, but which survive in the collection. Material relating to his historical and biographical writings on 'J.J.' can be found in the collection of papers of Sir Joseph Thomson.

In addition to an historical awareness, Thomson was also conscious of the impact of science on many aspects of life and thought. Section H groups together his lectures and writings on science-related topics of this kind; it includes inter alia material on his work for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society which occupied much of his interest in his later years.

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Letter from William Charles Sylvester to Lord Houghton
HOUG/EM/18/40 · Item · 20 Feb. 1869
Parte de Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Newcastle-upon-Tyne (paper embossed with lion crest and the motto Perseverando). - Milnes recommended Sylvester for Chief Constableship of Rochdale seven years ago; now Chief Constable of Newcastle; seeks Metropolitan Police vacancy; testimonials to experience; was commended for arrangements surrounding [Fenian] executions in Salford in 1867.

Letter from Anne Swaby to Richard Monckton Milnes
HOUG/EM/18/39 · Item · 19 Feb. [1860]
Parte de Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

18 Walton Place, Brompton, London. - Milnes' previous kindnesses; her husband was killed by an omnibus about eighteen months ago; her daughter would like to teach music or sing at private concerts, and has sung in public using the name St Clair; hopes engagements can be found as the Season is now beginning. Her own husband was brother-in-law of the late Dr. Oxley of Pontefract; her son fell at Inkerman.

Letter from Hugh Davies to Dawson Turner
O./13.4/No. 55 · Parte · 1806
Parte de Manuscripts in Wren Class O

(Undated. The date ‘1806’ has been added at the head in pencil. There is no salutation, but this does not appear to be a continuation of No. 54. Pasted to the letter are two botanical specimens, labelled ‘Radical leaves of Onanthe ? ?’.)

Foreign Office
RAB/F/81 · Documento · 1939–1941 and n.d.
Parte de Papers of Lord Butler

Folder endorsed 'very sundry'. Proof for Armaments and Policy 1919-1939, copy speech by Adolf Hitler 28 April 1939, various articles on British policy, including two appreciations of events by Lord Hankey; notes on 'The end of economic man' by Peter Drucker; 'Why Great Britain cannot cut herself off from the Continent' by Professor A.J. Toynbee

HOUG/EM/18/38 · Item · 27 Jan. 1873
Parte de Papers of Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

Claydon, Bucks. - Their friend [Rev. Charles William] Stubbs seeks Secretaryship of University College; his liberal views and interest in education; he is currently educating Sir John Strachey's son who would not work at Charterhouse. Invites Houghton to visit. Harry's sister [Emily Fremantle] is dying of cancer and Lady Sarah is apparently sinking.