Papers of PROFESSOR SAMUEL TOLANSKY, F.R.S. (1907 - 1973)

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Details of CSAC 24.1.75
Reference: CSAC 24.1.75
Title: Papers of PROFESSOR SAMUEL TOLANSKY, F.R.S. (1907 - 1973)

The papers cover all aspects of Tolansky's activities and interests. A note on the arrangement of the publications and correspondence precedes Sections D and H,J.


A. Biographical & Personal A.1 - A.18


B. Royal Holloway College, London B.1 - B.8


C. Notebooks & Working papers C.1 - C.21


D. Publications (see note on p.7) D.1 - D.169


E. Committees & Advisory bodies E.1 - E.13


F. External Examining F.1 - F.10


G. Conferences, Demonstrations, and Exhibitions G.1 - G.8


H. Scientific correspondence (see note on p.20) H.1 - H.103


J. Publications correspondence (see note on p.20) J.1 - J.29


K. Lectures, Broadcasts,Television K.1 - K.15


General note on the correspondence


Professor Tolansky conducted an extensive correspondence with scientific colleagues, instrument and equipment manufacturers, learned and professional societies and the like. His special interests in surface topography of diamond and many other structures brought him numerous enquiries from the research departments of industrial and manufacturing concerns. In addition, his many publications and his contributions to radio and television programmes involved him in correspondence with editors, journalists, producers and members of the general public.


Tolansky dealt very conscientiously with this varied correspondence and many of his replies contain reports on work in progress in his laboratory or elsewhere, or matters of general personal or scientific interest. Wherever possible, an indication of information of this kind appears in the itemised list below.


Not all correspondents are indexed, since in several cases the incoming letters has been lost and only Tolansky's reply remains. Known correspondents are listed on the relevant files, and in the Index on p. 30


Listed by: Jeannine Alton Harriot Weiskittel


The help of Professor R.W.Ditchburn and Dr. V.I.Little is gratefully acknowledged.

Date: 1926-1974
Held by: London University: University College London (UCL) Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Tolansky, Samuel, 1907-1973, scientist and physicist

Physical description: 22 boxes
Access conditions:

The documents are not necessarily yet open to scholars.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers, covering the years 1926 - 1973, were received from Mrs. Ottilie Tolansky and the Department of Physics, Royal Holloway College.

Administrative / biographical background:

Summary of the career of Samuel Tolansky.


(A full account is given in the Memoir by R.W.Ditchburn and G.D.Rochester, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society,20,1974)


1907 b. Newcastle upon Tyne


1919 - 25 Rutherford College (Boys' School)


1925 - 29 Armstrong College (Durham University)


1929 - 31 Research with W.E.Curtis, Armstrong College


1931 - 32 Earl Grey Fellowship, Durham University; work with F.Paschen,Berlin


1932 - 34 1951 Exhibition Senior Studentship; work with A.Fowler,Imperial College,London


1934 - 47 Assistant Lecturer (later Lecturer and Reader) Manchester University; work with W.L.Bragg; research on nuclear spins & multiple-beam interferometry


1935 m. Ottilie Pinkasovitch


1946 D.Sc. Manchester University


1947 - 73 Professor of Physics, Royal Holloway College,London University; work in interferometry, diamond physics, Moon dust.


1952 Fellow of the Royal Society


1966 Hon. Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science


1970 Hon. Fellow, Royal Microscopical Society.

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