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

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Details of CSAC 7.1.74
Reference: CSAC 7.1.74
Title: Papers of Professor Richard Whiddington, C.B.E., F.R.S. (1885 - 1970)

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.


Listed by: Harriot Weiskittel

Date: 1907 - 1963
Related material:

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

Held by: Leeds University Library, Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Whiddington, Richard, 1885-1970, physicist

Physical description: 48 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1974

  • Physics
Administrative / biographical background:

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

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