Collection K/PP5 - MILLER, Professor William Allen (1817-1870)

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MILLER, Professor William Allen (1817-1870)


  • 1848-1852 (Creation)

Level of description



2 volumes

Scope and content

Out letter book, 1848-1852, containing copy letters relating to applied chemistry, in particular to the role of Professor William Allen Miller as a consultant retained by the Western Gaslight Company, and charged with improving the efficiency of its manufacturing facility at Vauxhall, Surrey, and in a similar capacity to undertake the analysis of particulate residues and other by-products of incomplete combustion in an industrial setting; the experimental analysis of various phosphates and salts; commentary upon the telegraph and upon suggestions that the earth itself could act as a substitute electrical conductor over distances. Chemistry teaching and research notes, c 1845

System of arrangement

Two items as described i Scope and Content

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 17 December 1817, Ipswich; Demonstrator of Chemistry, King's College London, 1840; MB and MD, University of London, 1841-2; Professor of Chemistry at King's College London, 1845; Fellow, Royal Society, 1845; died, 30 September 1870.

Publications: Elements of Chemistry, theoretical and practical (London, 1855-1857); Introduction to the study of inorganic chemistry (1871); editor of Elements of meteorology (John W. Parker, London, 1845); On the importance of chemistry to medicine (London, 1845); Practical hints to the medical student (London, 1867).

Custodial history

Letter book transferred by the Chemistry Department, King's College London. Notes loaned by Mr David Tarbun, 2002.

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

Script of material

Physical Description

The wet letter process was used in the letter book and consequently many of the letters are faint and unclear.

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

King's College London College Archives holds further entries relating to the career of Professor Miller in King's College Council Minutes (Ref: KA/C/M); King's College Professorial Board Minutes (Ref: KA/PB/M).

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


Archivist's note

King's College London Calendars. Entry compiled by Annabel Dodds and Geoff Browell.

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