Donald Papers

Scope and Content

Typescript of an unpublished book entitled 'Elizabethan Technology or the development of the letters patent protection for inventions'. Also correspondence about the book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Maxwell Bruce Donald was educated at the Royal College of Science and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the European War from 1915 to 1919. He was a Sir Alfred Yarrow Scholar in 1921; then in 1923 he became a demonstrator in physical chemistry at the Royal College of Science. He was appointed Chemical Engineer for the Chilean Nitrate Producers Association in 1925 and adviser on bitumen emulsions for the Royal Dutch-Shell Group in 1929. Donald became a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at University College London in 1931 and Reader in 1947. From 1951 to 1965 he was Ramsay Memorial Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London. He held the position of Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Chemical Engineers from 1937 to 1949. He published (with H.P.Stevens) 'Rubber in Chemical Engineering' in 1933 and 1949; 'Elizabethan Copper' in 1955; and 'Elizabethan Monopolies' in 1961.

Access Information

Certain restrictions apply

Some parts of the collection are closed pending review.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Department of History, via Professor Valerie Pearl, to University College London Manuscripts Room in 1981.

Other Finding Aids

Handlist at University College London Special Collections.

Custodial History

Deposited by Professor Donald in the Department of History, University College London.