Catalogue description WILLIS JACKSON Lord Jackson of Burnley F R S

This record is held by Imperial College Archives and Corporate Records Unit

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Reference: JAC
Title: WILLIS JACKSON Lord Jackson of Burnley F R S

A: Personal and biographical papers


B: Associated Electrical Industries and Metropolitan Vickers


C: Imperial College


D: Government departments


E: Institution of Electrical Engineers


F: General correspondence, in alphabetical order of correspondents


At the time of his death Lord Jackson was Pro Rector of Imperial College and also held a chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering which he had formerly administered. The papers listed here include the professional and working correspondence transferred to the archives from his college office, and also some personal material.


The papers were not in their original format when they were received in the archives and it has been necessary to establish an artificial arrangement. Files, etc. which were preserved in their original order have been marked with an asterisk in the list. The abbreviation 'WJ' has been used for references to Lord Jackson. If there are only one or two letters from a correspondent the number of letters is given; otherwise there is a covering date for the period of the correspondence only.

Date: 1950-1970
Related material:

Lady Jackson of Burnley has retained a large collection of personal papers which are being listed by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre at the University of Oxford.

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

Jackson, Willis, 1904-1970, Baron Jackson of Burnley, scientist and electrical engineer

Physical description: 6 series
Access conditions:

The collection will not be available for public consultation until fifty years after Lord Jackson's death (in 1970), unless previous permission to examine them has been obtained from the Secretary of Imperial College.

  • Electrical engineering
Administrative / biographical background:

Outline of the life of WILLIS JACKSON, Baron JACKSON of BURNLEY


Born 29 October 1904.


1909 - 16 Rosegrove Elementary School, Burnley.


1916 - 22 Grammar School, Burnley.


1922 - 5 University of Manchester, Engineering Department. Awarded 1st class honours degree in Electrical Engineering, 1925.


1925 - 6 Part-time lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Burnley Municipal College.


1926 MSc, University of Manchester.


1926 - 9 Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Bradford Technical College.


1929 - 30 Graduate apprentice, Metropolitan Vickers.


1930 - 3 Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Manchester College of Technology.


1933 - 6 Postgraduate student at Magdalen College, Oxford; tutor in Engineering Science to several colleges.


1936 D.Phil, University of Oxford; DSc, University of Manchester.


1936 - 8 Research Engineer, Metropolitan Vickers.


1938 Marriage to Mary Elizabeth Boswall.


1938 - 46 Professor of Electrotechnics, University of Manchester.


1946 - 53 Professor of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College.


1953 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society.


1953 - 61 Director of Research and Education, AEI (Manchester) Ltd.


1958 Received knighthood.


1961 - 7 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College. Retired as Head of the Department in 1967.


1967 Awarded life peerage.


1967 - Pro Rector, Imperial College.


Died 17 February 1970.

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