LIST OF CONTENTS
SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL A.1-A.96
SECTION B UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL B.1-B.164
SECTION C BALLOON FLIGHTS C.1-C.55
SECTION D RESEARCH D.1-D.74
SECTION E DRAFTS AND PUBLICATIONS E.1-E.68
SECTION F LECTURES F.1-F.60
SECTION G VISITS AND CONFERENCES G.1-G.32
SECTION H SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS H.1-H.346
SECTION J CORRESPONDENCE J.1-J.108
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
The collection is presented in the order given in the list of contents. It covers the period from 1940 to 2002. Throughout this catalogue titles in inverted commas indicate the original typescript or manuscript titles of Fowler's folders.
Section A, Biographical, includes Fowler's personal file from the Department of Physics at the University of Bristol and other documents relating to his career, honours and awards including his Royal Society Fellowship and Research Professorship. There is also historical material relating to C.F. Powell. The bulk of this section, however, is lecture notes taken by Fowler and Rosemary Brown as undergraduate students in the Bristol Physics Department in the 1940s.
Section B, University of Bristol, includes correspondence, agendas, minutes and reports relating to University committees such as the Cancer Research Committee, the Radio Protection Committee and the University Space Club of which Fowler was a member. The bulk of the documents, however, are records of the many microscope observers, scanners, balloon makers and technicians employed by the H.H. Wills Laboratory in cosmic ray research. There is also a little general Department of Physics material.
Section C, Balloon Flights, is arranged in chronological order. Nearly all the material dates from the 1960s and covers various balloon flight launches worldwide including Palestine, Texas in the USA (1960, 1966-1969), Fort Churchill in Canada (1965) and Hyderabad in India (1965). There is correspondence and papers re arrangements for flights, balloon technical specifications, flight plans, proposals and analysis of results.
Section D, Research, though not extensive, includes draft papers, correspondence and figures covering a wide range of research interests other than the use of balloons for cosmic ray studies. Topics include pi-mesons in cancer treatment, magnetic monopoles and the heavy primary cosmic ray detector for the Ariel 6 satellite. Fowler was also involved in the assessment of the radioactive fallout from the Ukrainian nuclear plant Chernobyl, ten years after its explosion.
Section E, Drafts and publications, arranged in chronological order from 1947 to c.1996 and principally comprises off prints of Fowler's works. There are also some drafts, figures and correspondence.
Section F, Lectures, is divided into three. There are university lectures presenting some of Fowler's physics teaching at Bristol in the 1950s and 1960s, a sequence of invitations to lectures, and public and invitation lectures, which form the bulk of the section. This material comprises drafts, notes and correspondence, 1964-1996, principally lectures on cosmic rays.
Section G, Visits and conferences, is a small section arranged in chronological order from 1956 to 1993. Principal visits covered are Fowler's Visiting Professorship at the University of Minnesota in 1956-1957 and his possible move to Minnesota as Full Professor in 1958, the Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Memorial Lecture Tour in 1971 and International Union of Pure and Applied Physics International Cosmic Rays Conferences.
Section H, Societies and organisations, forms the largest section of the collection and documents Fowler's involvement with seventeen UK and international organisations, mainly relating to physics but also to meteorology and radiological protection. Organisations particularly well represented in the papers include the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics for which Fowler was a UK delegate to IUPAP conferences, the Joint MRC/NRPB Committee on Radiological Protection (Chairman 1983-1992), the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Society (documenting Fowler's service on various British National Committees) and the Science and Engineering Research Council (Chairman of the Neutron Beam Review Panel). Non-scientific organisations he served were the Herschel House Trust, Bath (Chairman), King's School in Bruton, Somerset (Governor) and the Nehru Memorial Trust (Trustee). There is also documentation of Fowler's consultancy with Rolls-Royce Plc and Track Analysis System, Ltd (TASL) of which he was a director.
Section J, Correspondence, is divided into two sequences of general correspondence and an alphabetical series following Fowler's original arrangement. Correspondents are mainly scientific colleagues and historians of science, although there are no extended exchanges.