University of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Kenneth Neville Moss

Scope and Content

Scripts of public lectures and broadcasts delivered 1920-1938; photocopy of an offprint of an article Some Effects of High Air Temperatures upon Colliers , 1963; ; lectures to sixth formers. The lectures relate to the coal industry and its effects upon the human physiology.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kenneth Neville Moss was born 30 May 1891, the eldest son of William Moss of Penns, Warwickshire. He was educated at Queen Mary's School, Walsall and Birmingham University. He gained practical mining experience in the Cannock Chase, South Yorkshire, and North Staffordshire coalfields. During the First World War, served in the army as Adjutant to the 59th Divisional Royal Engineers, 1915-1919 and was twice mentioned in despatches and was awarded the OBE. For one year after the war he was Organiser of Mining Instruction for the county of Derbyshire. He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Mining, Birmingham University in 1920, becoming Professor in 1922. He served as a member of a number of research and other committees relating to mining and he studied mining conditions in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Canada, USA, South Africa, Northern and Southern Rhodesia. His publications included Gases, Dust and Heat in Mines ; 'Some Effect of High Air Temperatures and Muscular Exertion upon Colliers', in the Proceedings of the Royal Society ; several papers in Mining Journals. He was editor and part author of Historical Review of Coal Mining . He was married to Dorothy, daughter of late Professor R. Warington, FRS, MA and had four daughters. He died on 20 October 1942

Reference: Reference: Who was who 1941-1950

For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).

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This collection was deposited in the Centre by the family in 1985.

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