Collection K/PP174 - MASON, Professor Stephen Finney (1923-2007)

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MASON, Professor Stephen Finney (1923-2007)


  • [1859-2007] (Creation)

Level of description



46 boxes or 15 linear metres

Scope and content

Private papers of Professor Stephen Finney Mason, [1859-2007], including published articles and reprints by Mason, [1945-1990]; articles and photocopies of articles by others on Mason's research interests, [1859-2000]; lectures given by Mason; research notes and correspondence, including correspondence about scientists and historians including Professor Reiko Kuroda, Dr Robert Davis Peacock, Professor Mike Lappert, Professor Anthony James McCaffery, Dr George Tranter, Dr M P Melrose, Dr Tom Ziegler, Professor Martin Quack, Professor David Parker, Keith Hutcheon and Dr Jack Morrell.

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General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 1923; educated, Wyggeston Grammar School; Wadham College, Oxford; BA, 1945; D Phil, 1947; college tutorship at Wadham College, Oxford, [1947-1953]; departmental demonstrator, Museum for the History of Science, Oxford, 1947-1953; Fellow of the Australian National Laboratory; Charles Coulson's Summer Schools in Theoretical Chemistry, 1955; Lecturer in Physical Organic Chemistry, University of Exeter, 1956; Reader, 1963; foundation chair of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia, 1964-1970; Kings College London, 1970-1988; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1982; extraordinary Fellowship at Wolfson College, 1988-1990; died, 2007.


A History of the Sciences (1956)

Molecular Optical Activity and the Chiral Discriminations (1982)

Chemical Evolution: Origins of the Elements, Molecules and Living Systems (1991)

Custodial history

Received from the family, Apr 2008.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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