TIZARD, Sir Henry Thomas (1885-1959)

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Henry Thomas Tizard, 1938-1942, notably correspondence relating to his work as scientific adviser to the Air Ministry, 1939-1942; Chemical Defence Board, 1949; official papers relating to the Council on Scientific Research and Technical Development, 1940; British Technical Mission to the United States, 1940; correspondence, 1940, notably with the British Embassy, Washington and Military Intelligence Division.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1885; educated at Westminster School; Magdalen College Oxford; Lecturer in Natural Science, Oriel College Oxford, 1911-1921; joined Royal Garrison Artillery, 1914, Royal Field Artillery, 1915; Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Controller, Experiments and Research, Royal Air Force, 1918-1919; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1926; Permanent Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1927-1929; Rector, Imperial College, 1929-1942; Chairman, Aeronautical Research Committee, 1933-1943; Development Commissioner, 1934-1945; Trustee, British Museum, 1937-1959; Knighted, 1937; Member, Council of Minister of Aircraft Production; Member, Air Council, 1941-1943; President of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1942-1946; Royal Society of Arts Albert Gold medal, 1944; Chairman, Advisory Council on Scientific Policy and Defence Research Policy Committee, 1946-1952; President, British Association, 1948; died, 1959. Publications: include: Theoretical Chemistry from the standpoint of Avogadro's rule & Thermodynamics Walther Nernst, revised in accordance with the sixth German edition by H T Tizard (Macmillan & Co, London, 1911); The Passing World. Science and social progress (Bureau of Current Affairs, London, 1948); A Scientist in and out of the Civil Service (Birkbeck College, London, [1955]).

Conditions Governing Access


Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available at the College Archives.

Separated Material

Diaries, correspondence and papers, 1891-1959, held at the Imperial War Museum Department of Documents (reference: HTT); papers relating to Defence Research Policy Committee, 1945-1949, held at the Public Record Office (reference: DEFE9); correspondence with Lord Blackett, 1938-1958, held at the Royal Society (reference: PB); correspondence with Lord Cherwell, 1917-1950, held at Nuffield College Library, Oxford (reference: Cherwell papers); correspondence with Archibald Vivian Hill, 1936-1956, held at the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University (reference: AVHL); letters to Charles Talbot Onions, 1942-1947, held at Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department (reference: Onions 416-26).

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Custodial History

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine during the course of business.

Related Material

Letters, 1944-1963 (B/ELLINGHAM) and records of the Governing Body (GB), held at Imperial College.


Tizard Ronald William Clark (Methuen & Co, London, 1965).