Report on the papers of Albert Percival Rowe, C. B.E. (1898-1976)

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Details of Report on the papers of Albert Percival Rowe, C. B.E. (1898-1976)
Title: Report on the papers of Albert Percival Rowe, C. B.E. (1898-1976)
Reference: CSASC.47.1.77
Description:

There is very little material relating to Rowe's service as Superintendent of TRE (Telecommunications Research Establishment) 1938-45, though there are frequent references to this important period in the letters, and some of the talks, in the collection. Item CSASC.47.1.77/A.3 gives some of the lighter side of life at Malvern during the Second World War, and CSASC.47.1.77/A.4 contains a note by Rowe c.1968 on the background to the Committee for the Scientific Study of Air Defence ('the Tizard Committee'), corroborating the account given in his book One Story of Radar, 1948. Item CSASC.47.1.77/A.5 is Rowe's comments on a history of the development of radar as put forward by the Operations and Technical Radar Committee in 1945.

 

The talks and addresses in Section B give a picture of the strong principles which Rowe brought to academic life as Vice-Chancellor of Adelaide University, and his continuous endeavours to instil respect for rigorous moral and intellectual standards.

Date: 1941 - 1974
Held by: Imperial War Museum Department of Documents, not available at The National Archives
Arrangement:

A. Biographical and Personal: CSASC.47.1.77/A.1 - CSASC.47.1.77/A.12

 

B. Talks, addresses, publications: CSASC.47.1.77/B.1 - CSASC.47.1.77/B.62

 

C. Correspondence: CSASC.47.1.77/C.1 - CSASC.47.1.77/C.16

Language: English
Administrative History:

Summary of career of A.P. Row

 

b.1898 Launceston, Cornwall Educated Dockyard School, Portsmouth

 

1921 Royal College of Science (Imperial Collece of Science and Technology), London

 

1922 Member of Scientific Staff, Air Ministry

 

1925 Assistant to Harry Egerton Wimperis, first Director of Scientific Research, Air Ministry

 

1927-37 Part-time lecturer, Imperial College

 

1932 Married Mary Gordon Mathews

 

1935 Secretary, Committee for the Scientific Study of Air Defence

 

1938 Superintendent, Bawdsey Research Station

 

1939 Superintendent, Air Ministry Research Establishment, Dundee

 

1940 Superintendent, Telecommunications Research Establishment, Swanage

 

1942-45 Chief Superintendent, Telecommunications Research Establishment, Malvern

 

1942 C.B.E.

 

1945 Deputy Controller, Research and Development, Admiralty

 

1946 Medal for Merit, U.S.A

 

1947 Adviser, Australian Defence Department and Chairman, Defence Scientific Advisory Committee

 

1948-58 Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide (first salaried V-C of the University)

 

1957 Honorary Fellow, Imperial College

 

1958-66 Taught mathematics and astronomy at Malvern College

Subjects:
  • Radar
  • Educational management
Creator Names:
  • Rowe, Albert Percival, 1898-1976, scientist, mathematician and astrophysicist
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • Deposited in 1977

     

    The papers were received from Mrs. Mary Rowe (widow).

     

    Titles and descriptions in inverted commas are those which appear on the documents.

Conditions of access:

Not all of the material is yet available to scholars.

Note:

Compiled by: Jeannine Alton Harriot Weiskittel

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Related Material:
  • The manuscript material was (in part) conveyed in the original brief-case which Rowe used throughout the War for his documents and carried with him to all conferences and meetings. The brief-case is also held in the Imperial War Museum. The Museum already holds the originals of 14 letters of congratulation, 1941-49, on TRE work, which Rowe himself donated in 1970.

     

    Some correspondence exchanged with Lord Blackett in 1960, when Blackett was preparing his Tizard Lecture given at the Institute of Strategic Studies in February 1960, is in the collection of the Blackett papers to be deposited at the Royal Society, London.

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