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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
PEARSON, John Edward (b 1930)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Pearson, John Edward, b 1930, electrical engineer

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1930; educated, Liverpool University, 1949-1952; employed as a Technical Assistant in a materials application laboratory, EMI, Hayes, Middlesex, and studied physics part-time at Chelsea Polytechnic, 1954-1957; microwave research at the Radio Research Station of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research at Datchet, 1957-1970; Lecturer in Electronics at Chelsea College, 1970-1985; Lecturer at King's College London, 1985-1996; retired, 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Two tranches from John Pearson in 1996 and 2001.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The papers of John Pearson comprise manuscript notebooks of lectures and experimental write-ups compiled by Pearson when he was a student at Chelsea Polytechnic, 1954-1957, and include notes on electricity, optics, electronics and circuit theory, electromagnetic theory, diffraction gratings, wave mechanics and X-ray physics.

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


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Chelsea College Department of Electrical Engineering student and departmental papers, 1968-1996 (Ref: 1996 CDE), were passed to the Archive at King's College London by John Pearson in 1996 and include teaching material compiled by Pearson during his time as a Lecturer at Chelsea and King's College until retirement in 1996.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by 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

February 2002

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  • Educational levels
  • Electricity
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electronic engineering
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Physics education
  • Science education
  • Universities
  • X-rays

Personal names

  • Pearson, John Edward, b 1930, Electrical engineer

Corporate names

  • Chelsea Polytechnic, Department of Physics
  • King's College London College Archives

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