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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
WILKINSON, Professor George Randall (1927-1989)
Created [1949]-1988
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
20 boxes or 0.2m3, 4 boxes of slides


Name of creator(s)

Wilkinson, George Randall, 1927-1989, Professor of Physics

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1927; educated Colwyn Bay Grammar School, 1939-1946; National Service with the RAF, 1947-1949; Degree student at King's College London, 1949-1952; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research studentship, 1952-1956; Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Research Fellow, 1956; Assistant Lecturer, 1958-1959, Lecturer, 1959-1963, Reader, 1963-1971 and Professor, 1971-[1984], of Physics, King's College London; retired [1984]; Emeritus Professor of Physics, 1984-1989; died 1989.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the Department of Chemistry, King's College London, 1989.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, [1949]-1988, mainly relating to the teaching of physics at King's College, London, notably teaching notes, handouts and offprints of articles for use in lectures and tutorials, on subjects including Raman Spectroscopy, Microwave and Physics Frequency Spectroscopy, Solid State Physics, Hydrograph Bonding, and Modern Physics, [1950-1986]; two copies of the King's College London Physics Department Second Year Laboratory Manual; correspondence relating to references provided by Wilkinson [for his students], 1979-1988; notes, correspondence and papers relating to physics and chemistry syllabi, [1964-1971], including proposals for physics teaching; papers, [1949]-1969, on examination of students of chemistry and physics, including King's College and University of London exam papers, [1949-1966], and examples of physics exam questions at other London colleges, 1964; agenda, minutes and reports of King's College and Queen Elizabeth College Physics Department Staff Meetings, [1981-1987]; reports of the Development Planning Committee, 1969-1971; Annual Reports of the Physics Department Spectroscopy Group, 1959-1960 and 1962-1966. Papers relating to research funding, notably reports by Wilkinson on research proposals submitted to the Science Research Council, [1973], [1978], and [1981-1986]; files of correspondence and papers relating to Wilkinson's PhD students, notably David Meade and K J Dean, 1978-1985; papers relating to Science Research Council grants made to Wilkinson, [1950-1989]. Named files, containing correspondence, drawings, photographs and papers on various scientific subjects, especially relating to Raman Spectroscopy, largely containing offprints of articles by Wilkinson and others, [1960-1980]. Files of correspondence and papers relating to academic papers and articles written by Wilkinson, including a speech to the Indian Raman Conference; an article with W F Sherman and J S Budenheimer on 'High pressure studies on Hexamethyl Benzene'; the 'Chinese University Development Project Panel and Commission Report on solid state spectroscopy in physics at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China', May 1985; correspondence and proofs relating to a chapter by Wilkinson and W F Sherman on Raman Spectroscopy; correspondence with the Reverend Stanley H Williams concerning a proposed biography of W E Williams; correspondence with Pergamon Press relating to a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Physics . Papers, notes and drawings relating to scientific equipment, including a Dovesbury Synchrocyclotron, 1980-1981, a Spex Laser, 1978, a Carey 81 Laser, and an Ionised Argon Laser, 1954 and 1967. Personal files include information regarding Professor Sir John Randall, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at King's College, [1984], correspondence and papers relating to the Perkin Elmer Prize, 1987, copies of book reviews by Wilkinson, and a list of his papers published before 1978. The collection also contains 4 boxes of glass slides showing sample spectra.

System of arrangement

The papers remain in named subject files created by Wilkinson.

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

Detailed handlist available in hard copy in the College Archive reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

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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  • Bibliographies
  • Communications media
  • Curriculum
  • Economics of education
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational finance
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Equipment
  • Examinations
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Information sciences
  • Laboratory equipment
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Periodicals
  • Personnel
  • Photographic slides
  • Photographs
  • Physics
  • Physics education
  • Publications
  • Science education
  • Scientific equipment
  • Secondary documents
  • Spectrometers
  • Student evaluation
  • Teachers
  • Universities
  • University curriculum
  • Visual materials
  • Yearbooks

Personal names

  • Meade, David, fl 1978-1985
  • Randall, Sir, John Turton, 1905-1984, Knight, Physicist
  • Wilkinson, George Randall, 1927-1989, Physicist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Physics
  • Queen Elizabeth College, Department of Physics
  • Science Research Council

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