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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP156
FRÖHLICH, Albrecht (1916-2001)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
21 boxes


Name of creator(s)

FRÖHLICH, Albrecht (1916-2001)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 22 May 1916, Munich, Germany; studied mathematics at Bristol University, Dec 1945-Oct 1950; Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Leicester 1950-1952; Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University College of North Staffordshire 1952-1955; Reader in Mathematics, King's College London, 1955-1962; Professor of Mathematics, King's College London, 1962; Head of Mathematics Department, King's College London, 1969-1981; visiting Professor, University of Bordeaux, 1975 and 1984; Emeritus Professor, 1981; fellowship of Robinson College, Cambridge, 1982, (Emeritus Fellow 1984); Senior Research Fellowship, Imperial College London, 1982; died 8 Nov 2001.

Archival history

Received from the family in two accessions, Feb 2005 and Apr 2007.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Professor Albrecht Fröhlich,1916-2001, reflecting his mathematical research, publications and correspondence with colleagues. Papers are divided into six sections comprising biographical papers; research papers; publications; papers relating to visits, conferences and lectures; correspondence and theses and examinations.

Biographical papers include obituaries, memoirs and papers relating to memorials including a service in the Chapel of Robinson College Cambridge, 10 Feb 2002; autobiographical papers including copy of Fröhlich's entry for Personal Records of Fellows of the Royal Society; papers relating to Fröhlich's career, honours and awards including his Ph.D. thesis 'On some topics in the theory of representation of groups and in class field theory', and correspondence and papers relating to his university appointments and some of his principal honours, including election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.Research papers chiefly comprise mathematical workings, notes and drafts: notably relating to work on the decomposition of primes [1950] and work on Galois module theory and Gauss sums.

Publications comprise published material by Fröhlich,1950-2000, drafts and unpublished drafts, including work with Charles Terence Clegg Wall on Brauer groups, 'Galois modules and the functional equation', and draft of a longer text entitled 'mathematical theory of ostensive and consequently of empirical predicates'.

Visits, conferences and lectures include papers relating to Fröhlich's conference attendance and overseas visits 1956-1998, documentation of his participation in mathematics meetings held at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut, Oberwolfach, Germany and papers relating to Visiting Professorships, including invitations, programmes, and texts or abstracts of lectures.

Correspondence,1950-2000, on subjects including progress of Fröhlich's research, discussions of problems with mathematical workings and drafts of papers. Notable correspondents include Fröhlich's Ph.D. supervisor Hans Arnold Heilbronn, colleagues Jean-Pierre Serre, Olga Taussky-Todd, Stephen Virgil Ullom and Charles Terence Clegg Wall, and former research students Colin J. Bushnell, Martin J. Taylor and Stephen Mark Johnson Wilson.

Theses and examinations comprise, theses of Ph.D. students supervised or examined by Fröhlich,including his research students at King's College London and examination papers, some with Fröhlich's manuscript calculations of answers, 1980-1990.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as follows: biographical; research; publications; visits, conferences and lectures; correspondence and theses and examinations.

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 Archives and Information Management, King's College London.Physical characteristics:

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

A draft detailed catalogue compiled by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, 2007, is available  online and in hard copy at King's College London archives. Included is an index of correspondents.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Publication note

For a full account of Fröhlich's life and works see 'Albrecht Fröhlich (22 May 1916 - 8 November 2001)' by B.J. Birch and M.J. Taylor, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society vol. 51 (2005), pp. 149-168.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2008, updated 2016

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  • Algebra
  • Educational levels
  • Higher Education
  • Mathematicians
  • Mathematics
  • Scientific personnel
  • Scientists

Personal names

  • Bushnell, Colin J, fl 1972, Mathematician
  • Fröhlich, Albrecht, 1916-2001, Mathematician
  • Heilbronn, Hans Arnold, 1908-1975, Mathematician
  • Serre, Jean-Pierre, b 1926, Mathematician
  • Taussky-Todd, Olga, 1906-1995, Mathematician
  • Taylor, Martin J, fl 1977, Mathematician
  • Ullom, Stephen Virgil, fl 1968, Mathematician
  • Wall, Charles Terence Clegg, b 1936, Mathematician
  • Wilson, Stephen Mark Johnson, fl 1972, Mathematician

Corporate names

  • King's College London
  • Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut
  • Royal Society

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