Papers of Francis Puryer White

Scope and Content

Diaries describing College life at St John's, both as a student and as a Fellow, and his experiences as a conscientious objector and while serving in France in the Friends' Ambulance Unit; bibliographical notes on authors of mathematical and scientific works, 12th-19th century; a list of Johnian authors to 1900.

Administrative / Biographical History

White came up to St John's as a mathematical scholar in 1912, graduating BA in 1915. In 1916 he was elected to the Isaac Newton Studentship in Astronomy and Optical Physics, a post he held for three years before being elected a Fellow of the College. He was appointed a College Lecturer in 1920 and was Director of Studies in Mathematics from 1945 to 1959. He served on the Council of the London Mathematical Society from 1923 to 1947, and was Secretary of the Cambridge Philosophical Society from 1924 to 1936, and its President from 1961 to 1963. He was appointed Librarian at St John's College in 1948, a post he held until his retirement in 1961, and served as Keeper of the College Records 1961-9.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Diaries given by Ann Phillips of Newnham College, Aug. 1989.

Note

White came up to St John's as a mathematical scholar in 1912, graduating BA in 1915. In 1916 he was elected to the Isaac Newton Studentship in Astronomy and Optical Physics, a post he held for three years before being elected a Fellow of the College. He was appointed a College Lecturer in 1920 and was Director of Studies in Mathematics from 1945 to 1959. He served on the Council of the London Mathematical Society from 1923 to 1947, and was Secretary of the Cambridge Philosophical Society from 1924 to 1936, and its President from 1961 to 1963. He was appointed Librarian at St John's College in 1948, a post he held until his retirement in 1961, and served as Keeper of the College Records 1961-9.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Francis Puryer White

Archivist's Note

16 Nov 2007

Additional Information

Published