Professor Walter E. Spear

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Published articles by W.E. Spear and collaborators. 1951-1986; 'Public Lectures'. 5 files. 1972-1989; 'Transparencies and Notes of some recent Lectures'. 7 files. n.d.; 'A-Solid Lectures'. 3 files. c 1970 ' 1991; 'Amorphous Semiconductors: A new generation of electronic materials'. The Bakarian Lecture, delivered by W.E. Spear to the Royal Society on 16 June 1988; 'Scientific absurdities and curiosities'. 4 files. 1951-1989.

Administrative / Biographical History

Walter E. Spear was born in Germany in 1921 and came to Britain just before the war. After studying at the University of London he joined the University of Leicester, where he met Peter LeComber, one of his students and a future collaborator. The two joined the staff of the University of Dundee in 1969.The research of Spear and LeComber into amorphous silicon brought them much interest from the engineering world, and caught the attention of numerous companies and groups. The Dundee group made numerous innovations in this field including the creation of the amorphous film silicon transistor, later to be used to great effect in LCD technology. Spear garnered much international recognition for his work, including the European Physical Society Europhysics prize (1976) and the Max Born Medal and Prize for Physics (1977). Peter LeComber died in 1992, and Spear withdrew from the field of active research soon after. He died on February 21st 2008, at the age of 87.

Arrangement

Records are arranged chronologically within series

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by Matthew Jarron, June 2008

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The records are on paper

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, June 2002 with additions by Durham Burt October 2008

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