Papers of the E.A. Milne Society

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. b. 2108, c. 6861, d. 3410-12, e. 3352-4
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Scope and Content

Papers of the E.A. Milne Society, consisting of administrative and financial papers, correspondence, and publicity material for the lectures.

Administrative / Biographical History

The E.A. Milne Society was founded by Milne's granddaughter, Miranda Weston-Smith, in January 1977 to commemorate the work of Professor Edward Arthur Milne (1896-1950) mathematician and natural philosopher - see Dictionary of National Biography. Miranda Weston-Smith acted as secretary and treasurer to the Society while Sir Hermann Bondi and others served as the committee and the Warden of Wadham as patron of the Society. The Society established an annual Milne lecture given at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford, under the patronage of Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute, and with the sponsorship of IBM (UK). The inaugural Milne lecture was delivered by Sir Fred Hoyle in January 1978. Most of the lectures were published after delivery in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Society continued until 1996, the centenary year of Milne's birth, when the twentieth and final lecture was delivered by Sir Roger Penrose. All twenty lectures were published,with some alterations and addenda, as The Universe Unfolding (Oxford, 1998), edited by Sir Hermann Bondi and Miranda Weston-Smith.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Restriction on access to all correspondence until 2029, except with written permission from Miranda Weston-Smith.

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by E.A. Milne's granddaughter, Miranda Weston-Smith, in 1999.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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Related Material

The correspondence and papers of E.A. Milne are also in the Bodleian, see MSS. Eng. misc. b. 423-9, c. 870-2, d. 1277.

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