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SECRETARY'S OFFICE: King's College London academic department administrative records

  • KAS/AC2
  • Collection
  • 1830-1983

Correspondence, reports, minutes, accounts and papers relating to Academic Schools, Faculties and Departments concerning appointments, buildings, bequests, mergers, equipment, finance, scholarships and endowments, courses and examinations, research grants, staff appointments, fees, admissions, students and grants, 1830-1841, 1851-1983, comprising Faculty of Education, 1965-1982; Faculty of Engineering, 1882-1982; Faculty of Medicine, 1923-1930, 1946-1955, 1972-1981; Faculty of Natural Science, 1940-1955, 1969-1975; School of Slavonic Studies, 1915-1937; Faculty of Theology, 1977-1983; Departments of Anatomy, 1900-1913, 1932, 1936-1948, 1966-1981; Arabic, 1894-1904; Architecture, 1890-1914; Arts, 1856-1860, 1897-1917, 1939-1956, 1971-1981; Biochemistry, 1936, 1965-1981; Biological Sciences, 1967-1976, 1983; Biophysics, 1948, 1952, 1962-1982; Botany, 1916-1918, 1923-1936, 1962-1977; Plant Sciences, 1977-1981; Chemical Engineering, 1965; Chemistry, 1897-1918, 1940-1945, 1960-1983; Civil Service Classes, 1892-1918; Classics, 1909-1917, 1970-1982; Commerce, 1872, 1918; Day Training College, 1890-1947; Department for the Training of Teachers, 1914-1939/40; Education Department 1939/40-1952/53; Engineering, 1882-1883, 1890-1980; Civil Engineering, 1977-1983; Mechanical Engineering, 1977-1981; Electrical Engineering, 1978-1981; English, 1840, 1893-1918, 1926, 1931-1934, 1959-1980; Evening Classes, 1896-1916, 1921-1929; French, 1946-1982; Geography, 1951-1953, 1961-1982; Geology, 1896-1918, 1965-1981; German, 1902-1958, 1977-1982; Modern Greek, 1917-1919, 1927, 1945-1946, 1961; Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1961-1977; Histology, 1918; History, 1877-1878, 1909-1918, 1938-1948, 1968-1977, 1981; Human Environmental Studies, 1973-1983; Icelandic, 1914; Italian, 1903, 1915-1918; Journalism 1923-1931, 1936-1939, 1944-1946; University of London Board of Laws, 1900-1952, 1971-1983; Mathematics, 1872, 1906, 1969-1982; Medicine, 1834-1837; 1851-1984; Metallurgy 1919; Music, 1962-1981; Natural Science, 1890-1917; School of Oriental Studies, 1895-1917; School of Chinese, 1899-1916; Palaeography 1972-1976; Pharmacology, 1925, 1966-1982; Philosophy, 1965-1966, 1971-1975, 1981; Physics, 1896, 1904-1918, 1926-1982; Physiology, 1891-1919, 1926, 1935-1939, 1949-1981; Economic Science and Statistics, 1851, 1904-1916, 1931; Portuguese, 1913-1924, 1948-1960, 1958-1982; Psychology, 1902-1904, 1914-1917, 1939-1947; Public Health, 1894-1917; Bacteriology, 1898-1902, 1910-1917, 1923-1925; Spanish, 1913-1922, 1937-1952, 1966-1970, 1977-1982; Theology, 1830-1841, 1862, 1864, 1888-1983; War Office Classes, 1916-1925; War Studies, 1959-1981; Zoology, 1905-1914, 1918, 1925, 1965-1970, 1977-1981.

King's College London College Secretary, 1828-

OUTTERIDGE, Kenneth Dudley (1923-1989)

  • K/PP34
  • Collection
  • 1950-[1988]

Papers relating to Outteridge's teaching work at King's College London, 1950-1982, notably teaching and tutorial notes on subjects mainly relating to radiation physics and radiation protection, 1965-1972; texts of lectures on radiation physics written for the Borough Polytechnic, London, 1954-1957 and 1960-[1967]; copies of exam papers for physics and electronics subjects at King's College London, 1969-1982; papers concerning research grants and students, [1970-1980], including a PhD thesis by B L Diffey on 'The spectral distribution of X rays and gamma radiation resulting from multiple Compton scattering', Jun 1973; notes on various computer programmes, and work undertaken with them, [1978]; copies of articles and lectures by Outteridge and others, notably 'A print-out system for scaling units using neon indicators' with K C Lightowlers, 'Photon fluences resulting from multiple Compton scattering' with B L Diffey of Kent and Canterbury Hospital, and articles, 1950-1957, on the conductivity and electron counting properties of diamonds, mainly by Frank Clive Champion, Wheatstone Physics Laboratory; minutes and agendas of the Faculty of Natural Science, 1970-1981, and the Non-Professional Staff Committee, 1975-1978. Papers, 1952-1954, relating to Outteridge's work at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, notably press cuttings relating to work done there, 1952-1953, a teaching manual written by Outteridge on 'The Isotope School Experimental Course in Radioisotope Techniques', 1954, and a set of articles written by Outteridge whilst at Harwell. Papers relating to Outteridge's work as Radiation Protection Officer for King's College, [1971-1988], including information files regarding his duties, 1984-1985; working papers, [1971]-1982; reports from the British Radiation Protection Association, the British Radiological Protection Association and the Institute of Radiological Protection, [1971-1986]; papers and reports, 1962-[1988], of the Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO), including rules, constitution, AGM papers and newsletters.

Outteridge, Kenneth Dudley, 1923-1989, lecturer in physics

PRICE, William Charles (1909-1993)

  • K/PP84
  • Collection
  • 1929-1993

The papers of William Price, chiefly relating to spectroscopic analysis and photoionisation, comprise correspondence, lecture and teaching notes, notes compiled while reviewing scientific articles, original research notes, papers concerning Price's employment as an examiner, obituaries and reprints of journal articles, 1929-1993. These notably include correspondence with colleagues describing projects and experiments and sharing observations and data, 1942-1990; lecture notes and teaching papers compiled by Price on the theory of spectroscopy, theoretical and applied optics, especially microscopy, basic molecular chemistry, electron configurations and bond and dissociation energies of molecules, 1948-1978; notes compiled by Price for the peer review of articles and on Price's own published articles, including on the spectra of halogens, the structure of polyatomic molecules, on water and hydrides, the calculation of ionisation potentials, benzenes and hydrocarbons, the structure of the DNA molecule and natural fibres such as keratin, 1929-1977; original research notes on spectroscopic analysis, especially ultraviolet spectra of rare gases, ethylene, sulphur dioxide and other compounds, 1933-1986; papers relating to Price's work as an examiner including draft and complete examination question papers and correspondence, 1952-1978; papers concerning the membership by Price of various learned societies and attendance at scientific conferences and symposia, 1940-1992; obituaries and newspaper cuttings on Price and other distinguished scientists, 1976-1993; typescript copies and reprints of scientific journals containing articles by Price and others, on topics including spectroscopy, photoionization, ionisation potentials and electron configuration and bond and dissociation energies, 1945-1990.

Price, William Charles, 1909-1993, Professor of Physics

SYLLABUSES & PROSPECTUSES: King's College London printed material

  • K/SYL
  • Collection
  • 1828-2012

King's College London Prospectuses and Syllabuses include: an incomplete run of general undergraduate prospectuses, 1854-1897, and complete, 1964-2000; incomplete general postgraduate prospectuses, 1971-1975, and complete, 1977-2000; bound volumes of detailed prospectuses for specific departments and faculties, 1964-1973, 1975-1978; loose detailed prospectuses for specific departments and faculties including Evening Classes, 1863-1918, Arts/Humanities, 1913-2011, Classics, Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, 1918-1995, History, 1913-1999, War Studies, 1985-2010, Architecture, 1908-1909, Modern Language Departments, 1917-2007, Philosophy, 1980-1982, Engineering, Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, 1843-1844, 1917-1919, 1960-2006, Journalism, 1937-1940, Theology, 1897-2009, Education, 1969-2012, Laws, 1917-1918, 1978-2012, Life Sciences in general and specific departments, 1968-2008, Medical Sciences, 1900-2010, Music, 1965-2000, Natural Sciences in general and specific departments, 1840-2009, Physical Sciences in general and specific departments, 1985-2012 (Ref: K/SYL, K/EC/SYL, KFA/SYL, KDJ/SYL, KDMA/SYL, KDW/SYL, KFE/SYL, KFED/SYL, KFL/SYL, KFLS/SYL, KFM/SYL, KFMS/SYL, KFN/SYL, KFPS/SYL, KFT/SYL).

King's College London, 1829-

EXAMINATIONS: King's College London question papers

  • K/EX
  • Collection
  • 1933-1999 (ongoing)

Examination question papers of King's College London, 1933-1998, mainly comprising papers for undergraduates sitting finals, postgraduates sitting Masters' degree examinations, as well as a number of undergraduate yearly and mid-sessional examinations and copies of examination papers set by the University of London. The papers comprise a series of individual files containing assorted examination papers from all or most faculties for the period 1933-1961. Thereafter papers are held for individual departments of the Faculty of Arts, including English, 1975-1994; Geography, 1980-1992; German, 1975-1997; History, 1975-1992; Italian, 1975-1995; Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 1975-1997; Spanish, 1975-1996; French, 1985-1997; Linguistics and Humanities Applied Computing, 1989-1994; Classics, 1965-1998; Modern Greek, 1988-1998; Philosophy, 1985-1998; Japanese, 1992-1995; Russian, 1994-1995; War Studies, 1989-1992; Faculty of Laws, 1964-1974; Faculty of Medical Science, 1963-1993; Faculty of Education, 1977-1990; Faculty of Physical Sciences, including Chemistry, 1948-1993; Computing, 1982-1993; Mathematics, 1963-1993; Management Studies, 1986-1992; Physics, 1947-1993); Faculty of Engineering, 1927-1992, including Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Westfield College, 1983. Faculty of Natural Science, including Botany and Zoology, 1962-1985; Chemistry, 1952-1984; Geography, 1978-1984; Geology, 1978-1984; Human Environmental Science, 1978-1985; Pharmacology, 1978-1984; Biochemistry, 1978-1985; Physiology, 1978-1986; Anatomy, 1980-1983; Faculty of Life Sciences, including Anatomy and Human Biology; Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Gerontology, Food Science, Nursing Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Pharmacy, 1985-1994; Faculty of Music, 1968-1997; Faculty of Theology, 1933-1999, including examinations for Associates of King's College, 1969-1995, and with Masters' dissertations and extended essays of students, 1994; Nightingale Institute and Department of Nursing Studies, 1986-1996.

Between the foundation of King's College London in 1829 and the incorporation of all faculties of the College (with the exception of Theology) into the University of London in 1908, students were assessed under examinations set by the College, as well as the examinations of professional and learned societies, and were also able to attend classes for matriculation from the University of London. Thereafter students of the College took examinations set by departments of the College and in the case of final undergraduate and postgraduate examinations, papers approved by the University.

King's College London, 1829-

WHEATSTONE, Sir Charles (1802-1875)

  • K/PP107
  • Collection
  • 1757-1992

Experimental notes, working papers, correspondence and lecture summaries compiled by Charles Wheatstone, 1836-1875, and photographs collected by him in that period. Notably including papers relating to the development and testing of the telegraph, [1836-1960]; descriptions of experiments and test results concerning the measurement of electromotive forces and electrical potential, [1840-1875]; experimental observations on the nature of magnetism, electricity and thermodynamics, including electromagnet design, batteries and dynamos, [1834-1855]; working papers relating to optics including experiments into refraction, colouration of compounds and polarisation, [1850-1875]; drafts of lectures on sound and musical instruments prepared by Wheatstone, [1832-1837]; material relating to the management of the Wheatstone collection of scientific instruments and library, 1890-1992; biographical material relating to the life of Wheatstone, the invention of the telegraph and Wheatstone's musical instrument manufacturing business, with unrelated newspapers, 1757-1975; stereoscopic photographs and glass negatives taken by Roger Fenton, Samuel Buckle, Jules Duboscq and others, featuring landscapes, still lifes, panoramic scenes of cities including Paris and Moscow and the interior and exterior of the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, Sydenham, 1851, and especially the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1855, [1850-1901]; artefacts from Department of Physics, King's College London, including demonstration equipment, telegraph apparatus, a nail fiddle and other prototype musical instruments, [1834-1875]; exhibition of scientific and musical instruments, [1834-1875].

Wheatstone, Sir Charles, 1802-1875, Knight, Professor of Experimental Philosophy

BURGE, Ronald Edgar (b 1932)

  • K/PP99
  • Collection
  • 1925-2015

Papers of Ronald Burge as Head of Physics at Queen Elizabeth College, 1963-1984 and at King's College London, 1984-1992, including papers relating to research projects including correspondence, proposals, grant application forms, and reports notably for the projects 'In-process monitoring of element composition and derived properties of polymeric materials by remote laser microanalysis' under the European Research and Development Programme on Manufacturing Technologies and Advanced Materials, 1989-1993 and the Esprit, (EU information technologies programme) project No 1007, (study on laser plasma), 1986-1993. Papers, 1942-[1990] relating to the history of the Physics Department at King's College London and in particular James Clark Maxwell and Charles Wheatstone including correspondence, copies of photographs, press cuttings and articles, papers relating to exhibitions, booklet entitled 'Some notes on the original investigations carried out by members of the departments of Natural Philosophy and Physics in King's College', [1925] and photographs including of physics equipment, members of staff, a construction site and uncaptioned group photographs, presumably of members of the KCL Physics department, [1985-1990]. Papers relating to memorials including transcript of a lecture given by Burge on his career, 'Imaging and diffraction (and people) at King's College London, 1950-1997', 1 Oct 1997; booklet containing reminiscences of John Yudkin, nutritionist at Queen Elizabeth College, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, Nov 1990; copy of the Royal Institution Discourse, given by Burge, Feb 1992; papers relating to memorial services for King's College London academics including Claude Curling and William Charles Price and further papers relating to Price including biographies, obituaries, correspondence, bibliography and copies of photographs. Papers relating to Queen Elizabeth College including report of a committee set up to investigate the non-medical side of Queen Elizabeth College, Jan 1981; paper on the academic future of Queen Elizabeth College, 17 Dec 1981 and prospectus for the Queen Elizabeth College medical physics department, [1978]. Paper on technicalities of merging the physics departments of Queen Elizabeth College and King's College London, 11 Jun 1984. List of grants awarded to the physics department of Queen Elizabeth College, 11 Nov 1981. Correspondence relating to the Granville Prize in physics, 1992. Bibliography of publications by Burge, 1955-1989. Audio reels containing lectures given by Burge, 22 Sep 1969 and 14 Feb 1985. Further draft texts and lectures, and correspondence relating to the merger of Queen Elizabeth College and King’s College London, 1985.

Burge, Ronald Edgar, b 1932, Professor of Physics

WILKINSON, Professor George Randall (1927-1989)

  • K/PP33
  • Collection
  • [1949]-1988

Papers, [1949]-1988, mainly relating to the teaching of physics at King's College, London, notably teaching notes, handouts and offprints of articles for use in lectures and tutorials, on subjects including Raman Spectroscopy, Microwave and Physics Frequency Spectroscopy, Solid State Physics, Hydrograph Bonding, and Modern Physics, [1950-1986]; two copies of the King's College London Physics Department Second Year Laboratory Manual; correspondence relating to references provided by Wilkinson [for his students], 1979-1988; notes, correspondence and papers relating to physics and chemistry syllabi, [1964-1971], including proposals for physics teaching; papers, [1949]-1969, on examination of students of chemistry and physics, including King's College and University of London exam papers, [1949-1966], and examples of physics exam questions at other London colleges, 1964; agenda, minutes and reports of King's College and Queen Elizabeth College Physics Department Staff Meetings, [1981-1987]; reports of the Development Planning Committee, 1969-1971; Annual Reports of the Physics Department Spectroscopy Group, 1959-1960 and 1962-1966. Papers relating to research funding, notably reports by Wilkinson on research proposals submitted to the Science Research Council, [1973], [1978], and [1981-1986]; files of correspondence and papers relating to Wilkinson's PhD students, notably David Meade and K J Dean, 1978-1985; papers relating to Science Research Council grants made to Wilkinson, [1950-1989]. Named files, containing correspondence, drawings, photographs and papers on various scientific subjects, especially relating to Raman Spectroscopy, largely containing offprints of articles by Wilkinson and others, [1960-1980]. Files of correspondence and papers relating to academic papers and articles written by Wilkinson, including a speech to the Indian Raman Conference; an article with W F Sherman and J S Budenheimer on 'High pressure studies on Hexamethyl Benzene'; the 'Chinese University Development Project Panel and Commission Report on solid state spectroscopy in physics at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China', May 1985; correspondence and proofs relating to a chapter by Wilkinson and W F Sherman on Raman Spectroscopy; correspondence with the Reverend Stanley H Williams concerning a proposed biography of W E Williams; correspondence with Pergamon Press relating to a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Physics . Papers, notes and drawings relating to scientific equipment, including a Dovesbury Synchrocyclotron, 1980-1981, a Spex Laser, 1978, a Carey 81 Laser, and an Ionised Argon Laser, 1954 and 1967. Personal files include information regarding Professor Sir John Randall, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at King's College, [1984], correspondence and papers relating to the Perkin Elmer Prize, 1987, copies of book reviews by Wilkinson, and a list of his papers published before 1978. The collection also contains 4 boxes of glass slides showing sample spectra.

Wilkinson, George Randall, 1927-1989, Professor of Physics