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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP099
BURGE, Ronald Edgar (b 1932)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
14 boxes or 0.14 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

BURGE, Ronald Edgar (b 1932)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1932; student at King's College London, 1950-1957; Assistant lecturer and later lecturer in Physics, King's College London, 1954-1962; Reader in Biophysics, 1962-1963; Head of Department of Physics, Queen Elizabeth College, 1963-1984; Head of Department of Physics, King's College London, 1984-1992; Vice-Principal, King's College London, 1988-1992.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition: presented by Professor Burge, 1997 and 2016

Content & structure

Scope and content

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.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the original order: boxes 1-8 contain papers relating to research projects, boxes 9-14 contain the remaining papers.

Conditions of access & use

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 provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London.Physical characteristics:

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Papers of Queen Elizabeth College (ref:GB 0100 KCLCA KCHSS, QAB, QA/CC, QAP, QAL, QA/C/M, QA/CS/M, QA/F/M, QA/FS/M, QA/AB/M, QA/TC/M, QA/CB/M, QA/LC/M, QA/AM/M, QA/TF/M, QA/OC/M, QA/HC/M, QA/MP, Q/AUT, 1989/QAR, QAS, QA/T, QA/L, QA/J, QA/CB, QA/PCB, QA/WB, QA/SAB, QA/SFB, QA/ACC, QAF, QA/FP, QA/RC)
King's College London Department of Physics Records (ref:KDPY/F; 1984/KDPY; 1990/KDPY; 1998/KDPY)
Papers of Sir Charles Wheatstone (ref: WHEATSTONE)
Papers of Professor James Clerk Maxwell (ref: K/PP71)

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2008, updated 2017.

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  • Educational levels
  • Higher education
  • Nuclear physics
  • Physics
  • Physics education
  • Plasma physics
  • Science education

Personal names

  • Burge, Ronald Edgar (b 1932) Professor of Physics
  • Curling, Claude Douglas (1923-1993) Lecturer in Physics
  • Yudkin, John (1910-1995) Professor, Nutritionist
  • price, William Charles (1909-1993) Professor, Physicist and Spectroscopist

Corporate names

  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Physics
  • King's College London
  • Queen Elizabeth College

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