Catalogue description List of the papers and correspondence of DENNIS GABOR FRS 1900 - 1979

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Title: List of the papers and correspondence of DENNIS GABOR FRS 1900 - 1979

A Biographical material


B Early papers, family correspondence


C Diplomas


D Photographs


E Scientific papers and books


F Patents, research contracts


G Imperial College


H Nobel prize


K S R Milner


L C B S Laboratories


M General correspondence


N Publications


P Tapes, slides


R Miscellaneous


Unless otherwise stated the material described is in English.

Date: 1904-1985

The papers were arranged in bundles in a cabinet specially designed by Professor Gabor (the drawing for this is in EB 12/6) and in filing cabinets. The arrangement of the papers has been adhered to as far as possible, and the original file or folder title given as the first sentence in each description. The general correspondence was arranged according to the language of the correspondent, French, German or Hungarian: these have been put in one sequence.

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

Gabor, Dennis, 1900 - 1979, Physicist

Physical description: There are forty boxes and ancillary material.
Physical condition: Many of the professor's notes are typewritten, as is his outgoing correspondence.
Custodial history:

Professor Denis Gabor's papers were transferred from his former office in the Imperial College Electrical Engineering Department to the archives in the Summer of 1979, with the permission of the late Mrs Marjorie Gabor.


Subsequently Mr Andre Gabor added a number of family photographs and other items, and further material was transferred from the Department. Some administration files from the archives have also been added.


Mr David Kitchen, Mrs M Gabor's nephew, has contributed Nobel prize memorabilia.

  • Physics
Administrative / biographical background:



Born 5 June 1900, in Hungary


15 March 1918 Called up for military service


1918 Attended Technical University, Budapest, for four year course in Mechanical Engineering


1921-24 Attended course in Electrical Engineering Department, Technische Hochschule, Berlin


1924 Awarded Diplom-Arbeit


1927 Awarded Doctorate. Employed at Siemens and Halske, Siemenstadt


1934 Went to England and employed by the British Thomson Houston Company (BTH) Rugby


8 August 1936 Married Marjorie Butler


December 1938 Visit of Andre Gabor to England: persuaded by D G to become permanent resident


1939 Registered as Alien with special qualification


1942 Death of father in Hungary


1948 Appointed Reader in Electron Physics, Imperial College


1956 Elected FRS


1958 Appointed to personal Chair of Applied Electron Physics, Imperial College


1967 Retirement from Chair. Appointed Research Fellow and Professor Emeritus


December 1971 Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics


Died 9 February 1979

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