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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Cox
COX, Harold Roxbee, Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood (1902-1997)
1999 (1902-1997)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume (140pp)


Name of creator(s)
Cox, Harold Roxbee, 1902-1997, Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood, aeronautical engineer
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1902; educated at Kings Norton Grammar School, London University (external engineering degree, 1922); Imperial College London, (PhD in aeronautics, 1924); engineer on construction of Airship R101, 1924-1929; Airworthiness Dept, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, 1929-1930; Chief Technical Officer, Royal Airship Works, 1931; Scientific Officer, Royal Aircraft Establishment, working on investigation of wing flutter and stability of structures, 1931-1935; Lecturer in aircraft structures, Aeronautics Department, Imperial College London, 1932-1938; Principal Scientific Officer, RAE, 1935-1936; Head of Air Defence Department, RAE, 1936-1938; Chief Technical Officer, Air Registration Board, 1938-1939; Superintendent of Scientific Research, RAE, 1939-1940; Deputy Director of Scientific Research, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1940-1943; Director of Special Projects, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1943-1944, Chairman and Managing Director Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd, 1944-1946; Director, Gas Turbine Establishment, 1946-1948; Chief Scientist, Ministry of Fuel and Power, 1948-1954; Kt 1953; Created Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood (Life Peer), 1965; Chancellor, Cranfield University (formerly Cranfield Institute of Technology), 1969-1997, died 1997. Publications: numerous papers on theory of structures, wing flutter, gas turbines, civil aviation and airships.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by family, Mar 2000

Content & structure

Scope and content

Autobiography of Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood " A Wrack Behind" (Cranfield University Press, 1999), covering his life and career, particularly the design and construction of the airship R.101, his association with Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle and the development of the jet propulsion gas turbine, and his association with Cranfield University.

System of arrangement

Single volume

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 Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of 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
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY (GB1914): Papers of Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron King's Norton. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY: CHURCHILL ARCHIVES CENTRE (GB0014) Papers of Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle contain a great deal of material by Cox and about his wartime role in the development of the jet engine and as Chairman of Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd

Description control

Archivist's Note
Sources: Who's Who. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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.

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Date(s) of descriptions
August 2001

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  • Air transport
  • Aircraft engineering
  • Engineering
  • Jet engines
  • Transport

Personal names

  • Cox, Harold Roxbee, 1902-1997, Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood, aeronautical engineer
  • Cox, Harold Roxbee, 1902-1997, Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood, aeronautical engineer
  • Whittle, Sir, Frank, 1907-1996, Knight, Air Commodore, engineer and inventor

Corporate names

  • Air Ministry
  • Cranfield University

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