Papers of Selig Brodetsky

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence, relating to Brodetsky's early scholastic achievements, personal material and the Board of Deputies and Zionist matters, 1900-53, together with newspaper cuttings from 1916 onwards. Papers for 1939-53, when Brodetsky was President of the Board of Deputies, include correspondence with Chief Rabbi Hertz and Ivan Greenberg.

Administrative / Biographical History

Selig Brodetsky (1888-1954) was educated at Jews' Free School, London; Central Foundation School, London; Trinity College, Cambridge; and Leipzig University. Brodetsky was bracketed Senior Wrangler, Mathematics Tripos, 1908; Isaac Newton Research Student, 1910-13; Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, University of Bristol, 1914-19; Reader in Mathematics, University of Leeds, 1920-4; Professor, 1924-48 and Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics, 1949. He was President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Chairman of its Executive Council, 1949-51. He was also President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, 1939-53; a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University; a member of the executive of the World Zionist Organisation and Jewish Agency for Palestine; Honorary President of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland and Honorary President of the World Maccabi Union. (S.Brodetsky Memoirs: from ghetto to Israel (London, 1960))

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