Edward Neville da Costa Andrade papers.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence from the 1960s, photographs and other material relating to Professor Andrade's researches and lectures on Isaac Newton, from which we learn that he owned a snuff box presented to Isaac Newton by the Earl of Manchester. It also contains some material relating to a visit to Woolsthorpe Manor, where Isaac Newton was born and made many of his most important discoveries, by members of the Royal Society (among them Professor Andrade) and of Trinity College in April 1953. The greater part of the collection comprises journal off-prints and pamphlets of lectures and speeches, ranging in date of publication from 1875 to 1971, the majority in English but some in German. It may be that Professor Andrade attended many of these lectures; lectures given by him are also included. Among these pamphlets are Professor Tyndall's Lectures to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1875; a lecture on military leadership given at the University of St. Andrews by Field-Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, 1945; 'Scientific signalling and safety at sea' by Professor John Joly, 1919; 'The theory of relativity and its influence on scientific thought' by Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Romanes Lecture 1922; the Nobel Prize Address by Max Planck on 'The origin and development of the quantum theory', 1922; 'At the sign of the orrery; the origins of the firm of Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd.' from material collected by E. Wilfred Taylor and J. Simms Wilson, undated; a selection of material on Sir Isaac Newton, some of it written by Professor Andrade himself; 'History of the Department of Metallurgy, Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1851-1963' by M. S. Fisher; a lecture delivered by Professor Andrade in 1953 on William Gilbert of Colchester (1544-16030 and the science of his time.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Neville da Costa Andrade, 1887-1971 was a physicist and popular science writer and broadcaster. He began his career at University College London, where he researched into metal flow, moving to the University of Heidelberg in 1911. In 1913 he went to Manchester, where he worked with Ernest Rutherford on gamma rays. During the Great War, he served as an officer in the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1920, on Rutherford's recommendation, he became Professor of Physics at the Ordnance College in Woolwich. In 1928 he was appointed Quain Professor of Physics at UCL. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1935. In 1950 he accepted a directorship of the Royal Institution, but resigned in 1952. In 1957 he was appointed a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where he continued his researches on the flow of metals.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to bona fide researchers. The Special Collections is open Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm. Access by appointment only. Contact specialcollections@le.ac.uk to make an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University of Leicester Library by Professor R. L. Goodstein, Dept. of Mathematics in April 1977.

Archivist's Note

Description prepared by Margaret Maclean on 2 August 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Much of the material in the archive may remain in copyright. Copyright of Edward Neville da Costa Andrade's own papers is held by his estate. Copyright of the residual material, such as letters written to him and works by other authors, remains with individual authors. Photocopies of material can be supplied for private research purposes only. However, it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by the Librarian before reproductions can be made. It is also the researcher's responsibility to obtain the relevant copyright holder's permission to publish or cite papers from the archive. A copy of such written approval from the copyright holder must be received by the Librarian prior to publication. The Library will not be responsible for any failure on the part of authors and publishers to seek such permission to publish. Readers are required to sign a form accepting these conditions.


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