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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
MILLER, Professor William Allen (1817-1870)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Miller, William Allen, 1817-1870, Professor of Chemistry

Administrative / 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).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

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

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 supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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

Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

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).

Description control

Archivist's Note

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

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

18 July 2000

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  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemical compounds
  • Chemical industry
  • Gases
  • Industry
  • Manufacturing industry

Personal names

  • Miller, William Allen, 1817-1870, Chemist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • Western Gaslight Company


  • Lambeth, London, England
  • Vauxhall, Surrey, England

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