Flint, Professor Henry T.

Scope and Content

Papers of Henry T Flint, 1904-1972, comprising biographical material, 1925-1972, such as printed obituaries and tributes, educational certificates, trestimonials and job applications, and educational visits to East Africa; notebooks, 1904-1955, including school and university notebooks, notes on articles and books read, lecture notes on scientific subjects, and texts of wartime lectures on radio; manuscript lectures, addresses and working papers, [1922]-1962, on subjects relating to physics, such as radiology, electromagnetism, chemical elements, telegraphy and diathermy; papers relating to Flint's work on various committees, 1945-1968, including the British Medical Association Committee on Radioactive Substances, The Royal Society Committee on Symbols, and the University Grants Committee; manuscript and typescript drafts, proof copies and printed versions of publications by Flint, 1923-1967; material relating to examining, 1947-1969, including external examining at the University of the West Indies and University College, Ibadan, Nigeria; miscellaneous scientific correspondence, 1941-1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1890, Henry Flint gained a M.Sc. From the University of Birmingham before being enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery from 1915-1918. Following World War One, he was successively Assistant Lecturer in Physics at Cardiff University, 1919-1920, Lecturer in Physics at Reading University College, 1920, and Lecturer in Physics at King's College London, 1920-1926. Whilst at King's College, Flint gained his D.Sc. from the University of London, and went on to become Reader in Physics at King's from 1926-1944. In 1930 he gained a Diploma in Medical Radiology and Electrology from Cambridge University, and began work as a Clinical Assistant in the Radiology Department of Westminster Hospital, later becoming Consultant Physicist to Westminster Hospital and King's College Hospital. Flint was appointed Professor of Physics at Bedford College, University of London, in 1944, a post he held until 1956. He died in 1971.


The collection is arranged into the following sections: biographical; notebooks; lectures, addresses and working papers; committees; publications; examining; correspondence.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the family via the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, Oxford, in 1975.

Other Finding Aids

'Report on the papers of Professor Henry T. Flint (1890-1971) physicist...' (1975), listed by Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel for the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Separated Material

Documents relating to the war service of Henry Flint are held at the Imperial War Museum, London.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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