MORRIS, John Turner MacGregor- (1872-1959)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

East London College, Engineering Society notes on meetings and minutes c1906-1909 with associated correspondence and details of lectures and events. Memorabilia including dinner menus and dance cards, including one signed by A.P.Thurston. These papers include, publications by or about Thurston:

'50 Years of Theoretical and Experimental Research in Aeronautics' 1954.

'Looking Ahead: London 1919' address given during a visit to the USA 1956.

'Presidential Address, Reminiscences of Early Aviation', 1949-1950.

'A.P.Thurston, A Review of his contributions to Aeronautics', Prof A.D.Young, 1965-1966.

Programmes for Engineering Society events such as concerts 1909, 1911.

Minutes of the Engineering Society 1906-1908, also includes programmes detailing society events and a programme listing events for session 1908-1909 which list lectures including one given by A.P.Thurston Jan 15 1909 'The Mechanical Principles of Flight'.

Also contains notes on research into the operation of different types of aeroplanes including monoplanes, with diagrams, technical specifications and results of tests, notes attributed to A.P.Thurston 1916-1919.

MacGregor Morris correspondence September 1906 - July 1909, including letters to John Hatton regarding facilities, letters to students regarding attendance on courses, and course timetables and draft ouitline for a course of 6 lectures on Electric Wave Telegraphy for session 1906-1907; Letters from the Registrar concerning books for the College library on electric engineering and related matters 1931-1932; Correspondence with students concerning their research 1932-1933; Correspondence with Principal Hatton and others including Professor Lamb, concerning Electrical Engineering teaching, facilities and equipment, student intake, allocation of prizes, November 1917 - August 1923; Lecture notes (CRO) nd; High Voltage Laboratory drawings from the English Electric Company, 1936; Correspondence with students September 1936 - August 1937 and September 1937 - August 1938.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Morris was born in London in 1872. He married Annie Elizabeth Frances Macgregor in 1917. Educated privately and at University College London. He became an Assistant to Professor Fleming at University College London, 1894-1898; specialising in subjects connected with illumination and cathode ray oscillographs.

Joined East London College in 1898; Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, 1901; College Professor 1903; University Professor 1924; Fellow Queen Mary College 1938 and of University College London. During the First World War he cooperated with a research student, A.F.Sykes, in the development of a design for a directional hydrophone which was taken up by the Admiralty. Contributed to the establishment of the high voltage laboratory at East London College. Honorary Research Associate in Electrical Engineering at University College London from 1939, and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of London from 1938.

Publications 'Cathode Ray Oscillography' with J.A.Henley in 1936; 'Sir Ambrose Fleming and the birth of the valve', in 1954; and numerous papers in scientific journals.

Died on 18 March 1959.


Original order.

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Acquisition Information

Donated to Queen Mary College.

Other Finding Aids

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Lorraine Screene.

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