Catalogue description Papers of Edmund Clifton Stoner, FRS (1899 - 1968)

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Details of MS 333
Reference: MS 333
Title: Papers of Edmund Clifton Stoner, FRS (1899 - 1968)

During his retirement Stoner organised and selected his papers, intending to write an autobiography. The material thus consists of Stoner's own compilation of biographical material, with many of his own notes, dates and comments: (1) Narrative accounts of his school and university days; (2) Stoner's notes of lectures given at Cambridge by Rutherford, E. V. Appleton, G. F. C. Searle, J. J. Thomson, C. G. Darwin, C. T. R. Wilson and others, and of N. Bohr's lecture on quantum theory and atomic structure delivered in Cambridge in 1922; (3) A complete run of his daily journals, 1919-1968; (4) Stories, essays and poems; (5) Material relating to the Department of Physics, Leeds University; (6) Published articles and correspondence; (7) Reports and papers of various committees; (8) An extensive correspondence covering the period 1918-1966, fully indexed by Stoner. The regular correspondence between Stoner and relatives in the London area during the Second World War is a record of the conditions during this period.

Some numbers in the original catalogue were left empty in case missing items among the diaries and correspondence were recovered.


Originally listed by: Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel

Date: 1909-1969

The material is arranged as follows: Biographical (including Bolton school material, Cambridge notebooks, diaries, personal notebooks, non-scientific writings), University of Leeds, Publications, Committees, Correspondence and photographs, Index of correspondents.

Held by: Leeds University Library, Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English

Stoner, Edmund Clifton, 1899-1968, scientist and physicist

Physical description: 358 items in 29 boxes
Access conditions:

Access to this part of the collection is restricted under the Data Protection Act. You will need to complete a restricted access form and return it to Special Collections for review by staff before access can be granted.

Administrative / biographical background:

Summary of the career of Professor Stoner.

Edmund Clifton Stoner (1899-1968) was born in East Molesey, Surrey. He was educated at Bolton Grammar School, 1910-1918, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1918-1921, where he read for the Natural Sciences Tripos specialising in Physics. In 1919 he developed diabetes which entailed a restricted diet and varying periods of hospitalisation before a regular insulin regime became possible in 1927. He worked with Rutherford as a graduate student at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge from 1921-1924 when he was appointed Lecturer in Physics at Leeds University. He remained at Leeds for the rest of his life, as Reader in Physics, 1927-1939 and Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1939-1951. In 1951 he succeeded Richard Whiddington as Cavendish Professor of Physics and remained in post until 1963. From 1928-1931 he also held a research fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

In 1937 Stoner was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1938 received an Sc. D. from Cambridge. Over his lifetime Stoner held many different positions of responsibility including being a Member of the Board of Visitors at the Royal Observatory from 1952-1956; a  Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research (D.S.I.R.) Visitor for the Wool Industries Research Association, 1955-1958; Chairman of the Physics Sub-Committee of the D.S.I.R Postgraduate Training Awards Committee 1957-1962 and a member of the University Grants Commission Panel of Equipment Assessors for Physics, 1958-1964.

Stoner married Heather Crawford in 1951. For most of his life Stoner was solely responsible for his mother and this, together with his diabetes, restricted much of his activity to Leeds. His research interests were in magnetism and low temperatures.

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