Papers of SIR FRANK E. SMITH, F.R.S. (1876 - 1969)

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Details of CSAC 9.3.74
Reference: CSAC 9.3.74
Title: Papers of SIR FRANK E. SMITH, F.R.S. (1876 - 1969)

Description of the collection


The papers consist of biographical material,reminiscences and information assembled by Sir Charles Goodeve for his Royal Society Memoir of Smith,and passed on by him. In the course of his enquiries,Sir Charles was able to establish the correct date of Smith's birth (1876),which had previously been accepted as 1879: see copy of Smith's birth certificate in Item 1.


Because Smith died at the advanced age of 93,and had spent much of his career as a scientist in government and industry,no manuscripts or private papers remain.


Listed by: Jeannine Alton


Harriot Weiskittel

Date: c1952 -c1972
Held by: Imperial College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Goodeve, Sir, Charles Frederick, 1904-1980, Knight, industrial scientist

Physical description: 6 items
  • Smith, Sir, Frank Edward, 1876-1969, Knight, electrical engineer and scientific administrator
Administrative / biographical background:

Summary of the career of Sir Frank Smith


Note: a full list of Smith's Honours is given in the Royal Society Memoir,p.546


b.1876 Aston,Birmingham


1884 - 88 Corbett Street Board School,Smethwick


1888 - 91 Smethwick Central School


1894 - 95 Birmingham Technical School (now University of Aston)


1897 National Scholarship to Royal College of Science (now Imperial College)


1899 Associateship,R.C.S.


1900 - 01 Assistant Demonstrator,R.C.S.


1901 - 20 National Physical Laboratory


1901 Assistant to Director,Sir Richard Glazebrook


1909 Principal Assistant


1917 Superintendant,Electricity Department


1902 Married Nellie May King (died 1961)


1914 - 18 Work for Board of Invention and Research


1918 Fellow of The Royal Society


1920 - 29 Director,Scientific & Experimental Department,Admiralty


1922 - 29 Hon. Sec. British Association


1924 - 26 President,Physical Society


1925 Hughes Medal,Royal Society


1927 Duddell Medal,Royal Society


1929 - 39 Secretary,D.S.I.R.


1929 - 37 Physical Secretary,Royal Society


1934 Faraday Medal,Inst.Electrical Engineers


1937 Fellow,Imperial College


1939 - 55 Adviser on Research & Development,Anglo-Iranian Oil (later B.P.)


1939 - 42 Director, Instrument Production, Ministry of Supply


1940 - 42 Director of Telecommunications, M.A.P.


1940 - 46 Chairman, Technical Defence Committee, M.I.5


1941 - 47 Chairman, Scientific Advisory Council


1943 - 46 President, Institute of Physics


1944 - 57 Chairman, Research Committee, B.S.A. (Director, B.S.A.1947)


1946 - 54 Chairman, Road Research Board

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