Thomas Hilken: Collections for Engineering at Cambridge University

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Thomas Hilken, Engineering at Cambridge University, 1783-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 1967).

Box 1: Notes compiled from the Cambridge University reporter, Faculty Board of Engineering notes and minutes, and other sources, including material on the Engineering Laboratory.

Box 2: Edited drafts of Engineering at Cambridge University.

Box 3: The printed version of Engineering at Cambridge University; a manuscript draft of the book, including additional material not found in the printed edition; and other draft chapters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Captain Thomas John Norman Hilken (1901-1969) was born on 23 April 1901, and educated at Merchant Taylors' School and the Royal Naval College, Keyham. He commanded destroyers, 1934-1937, and served in the Admiralty, Naval Intelligence Division, 1937-1939. He was a naval commander during the Second World War, and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, 1951-1953. Following his retirement, Hilken was Secretary of the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, 1954-1967. He received an M.A. in 1957, and was Fellow of University College, Cambridge, 1965-1968. He died on 14 July 1969.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Department of Engineering, Cambridge, 1976.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thomas Hilken in Who was who, 1961-1970 (London, 1979), p. 528.

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