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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
HEY, Professor Donald Holroyde (1904-1987)
Created 1930-1971
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
14 boxes or 0.14m3


Name of creator(s)

Hey, Donald Holroyde, 1904-1987, Professor of Chemistry

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1904; educated Magdalen College School, Oxford, and University College, Swansea; Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Manchester, 1928-1930; Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Manchester, 1930-1938; Lecturer in Chemistry, Imperial College, London, 1939-1941; Director of British Schering Research Institute, 1941-1945; Professor of Chemistry, King's College London, 1945-1949; Daniell Professor of Chemistry, University of London, 1949-1971; Vice President, Chemical Society, 1951-1954; Reilly Lecturer, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 1952; Scientific Advisor for Civil Defence, South East Region, 1952-1958; Assistant Principal, King's College London, 1962-1968; President, Section B, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1965; Visiting Professor, University of Florida, USA, 1967; Fellow of King's College and Imperial College, London, 1968; member of King's College Council, 1955-1978; retired [1971]; died 1987.

Publications: joint editor of Dictionary of organic compounds (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1965); editor of Kingzett's chemical encyclopedia (Bailliere, Tindall and Cassell, London, 1966); Lecture on some recent advances in chemistry in relation to medicine (London, 1944); contributor to The Royal Society of Chemistry: the first 150 years by David Hardy Whiffen (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 1991).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by his family, and transferred by the Department of Chemistry, King's College London, 1987.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers covering Hey's career, 1930-1971, including scientific papers, lectures, notes relating to departmental administration, and papers by others. File of correspondence, 1936-1937, chiefly with Professor William Alexander Waters, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Durham, relating to Waters' investigations into reactions involving free radicals and the subsequent publication of a paper on the same in Chemical Review , and including a draft and final version of Waters' paper on 'Decomposition reactions of the Aromatic Diazo Compounds', read to the Royal Society of Chemistry in Dec 1936.

System of arrangement

Hey's arrangement of his papers has been retained as far as possible: most are arranged alphabetically, though a few are arranged by subject or personal name.

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, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds correspondence, 1950-1960, between Hey and Professor Charles Alfred Coulson, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (Ref: CSAC60/4/78).

Description control

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

Feb 2000

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  • Chemistry education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational levels
  • Experimental chemistry
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Science education
  • Scientific facilities
  • Scientific publications
  • Universities

Personal names

  • Hey, Donald Holroyde, 1904-1987, chemist
  • Waters, William Alexander, 1903-1985, Chemist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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