Catalogue description Papers of SIR JOHN SEALY E. TOWNSEND, K.B.E., F.R.S. (1868 - 1957)

This record is held by Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections

Details of CSAC 8.2.74
Reference: CSAC 8.2.74
Title: Papers of SIR JOHN SEALY E. TOWNSEND, K.B.E., F.R.S. (1868 - 1957)

The files of patents (from Britain, France, Italy and the U.S.) constitute the major portion of the collection and are arranged chronologically. Item 8 in 'Publications' includes an extensively corrected typescript of 'Theory of Waves in Gases', the book on sound which Professor Townsend was writing during his last years.


I. Biographical 1


II. Publications 2 - 9


III. Correspondence 10


IV. Patents and contracts 11 - 21


Listed by: Jeannine Alton


Harriot Weiskittel

Date: 1914-1957
Held by: Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Townsend, John Sealy E, 1868-1957, physicist

Physical description: 1 box
Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were received from the Bodleian Library where they were deposited in 1957. They cover the years 1914 - 1956.

Administrative / biographical background:

Summary of the career of Professor Townsend


1868 Born in Galway, Ireland


1885 Entered Trinity College Dublin


1890 - 95 Fellowship Prizeman


1895 Entered Trinity College Cambridge as an advanced student


1898 Clerk Maxwell Scholar


1899 Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge


1900 - 41 Wykeham Professor of Theoretical Physics, Oxford


1900 - 41 Fellow of New College Oxford


1903 Fellow of the Royal Society


1910 Opening of the Electrical Laboratory (now the Townsend Laboratory)


1911 Married Mary Georgiana Lambert


1914 - 18 Wireless research, Royal Naval Air Service


1941 K.B.E.


1941 Move to Winchester for several years followed by return to Oxford

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