EDWARDS, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910-1976); Knight, Professor of Commerce and industrialist

Scope and Content

Correspondence, lecture notes, subject files, personal papers and other documents belonging to Sir Ronald Edwards, [1920-1980]. Includes papers of, or relating to: Accounting Research Association, 1935-1937; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Advisory Council papers, including the Industrial Grants Committee and various Industrial Research Associations; University Grants Committee (late 1950s-1964); British Leyland, 1975-1976.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Ronald Edwards was Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, in Business Administration with special reference to Accounting at the London School of Economics (LSE), 1935-1940. During World War Two, he worked in the Ministry of Aircraft Production. In 1946 he returned to LSE as Sir Ernest Cassel Reader in Commerce, becoming a Professor in 1949. He was Deputy Chairman (1957-1961), then Chairman (1962-1968) of the Electricity Council; Chairman (1968-1975), then President (1975-1976) of Beecham Group Ltd; Director, ICI Ltd, 1969-1976; Director, Hill Samuel Group, 1974-1976; and, Chairman of British Leyland Ltd, 1975-1976. He was a member of several other bodies too, including the Advisory Council of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1949-1954; the University Grants Committee, 1955-1964; the National Economic Development Council, 1964-1968; and, the British Airways Board, 1971-1976. He chaired the Government committee of inquiry into the civil air transport industry, 1967-1969. He was a Governor of LSE, 1968-1976.



Access Information


Acquisition Information

Mainly unknown (presumably from Edwards himself or from the family). Some additional material deposited in 2007 via Margaret Ackrill.

Other Finding Aids

List of file titles available from Archives staff.

Archivist's Note

Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database.

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