Papers of Rear Admiral Brian Egerton (1886 - 1973)
The papers deal with work on mathematical problems, especially those involved in artificial satellites and space exploration, in which Admiral Egerton became interested during his retirement.
He seems to have planned several popular textbooks on these subjects, though none were completed. His Technical Note on Orbits produced considerable controversy and correspondence which forms the bulk of the collection (B5 - B11).
Unless otherwise stated, all items are manuscript. Titles and descriptions in inverted commas are those which appear on the manuscripts.
A. Notebooks A.1 - A.6
B. Drafts and working papers B.1 - B.11
C. Correspondence C.1 - C.6
Listed by Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel
The help of Dr. Peter Collins,St. Edmund Hall,Oxford, in sorting and identifying papers and correspondents, is gratefully acknowledged.
Egerton, Brian, 1886-1973, scientist, mathematician and astrophysicist
Immediate source of acquisition:
The collection supplements other work of Admiral Egerton's already given to the Imperial War Museum by Mrs. A.Dumas.
Administrative / biographical background:
Rear Admiral Egerton was born in 1886. He retired from the Navy in 1935 after a distinguished career which included service on the Mining Staff of the Admiralty, and as Director of Torpedoes and Mining 1928. In 1935 he was ADC to King George V, and was recalled to the Navy in 1939, commanding HMS Vernon, Torpedo, Mining and Electrical Training Establishment.
He died in 1973.
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