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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
 GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP174
MASON, Professor Stephen Finney (1923-2007)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
46 boxes or 15 linear metres


Name of creator(s)

MASON, Professor Stephen Finney (1923-2007)

Administrative / 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)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the family, Apr 2008.

Content & structure

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.

System of arrangement

Original order.

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.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

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

Nov 2008

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  • Chemistry
  • History of science
  • Science of science

Personal names

  • Mason, Stephen Finney (1923-2007), Professor of Chemistry

Corporate names

  • King's College London

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