Sydney Chapman Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of various certificates, copy of a speech made in 1958, photographs, press cuttings and a letter giving details of his early life.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sydney Chapman was born near Eccles, Lancashire, and attended the Royal Technical Institute, Salford (now the University of Salford) at the age of 14,before going on to complete his education at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge. After a teaching career at the Universities of Manchester, London and Oxford, he moved in 1953 to the Geophysical Institute, Alaska and to the High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Colorado. He made major contributions to stellar dynamics, geomagnetism, meteorology and to the kinetic theory of gases. Chapman was elected FRS in 1919. He was due to receive an honorary degree from Salford in July 1970 but died the month before.

Access Information

Open for inspection

Acquisition Information

Items donated by Sydney Chapman


Description by Michael Carrier