Albert Brighton: Undergraduate lecture notebooks

Scope and Content

Notebooks on lectures attended by Albert Brighton while taking the natural sciences tripos at Cambridge University.

MS.Add.8065: Crystallography notes

At the front of the volume are lecture notes on practical crystallography, 1919-1920, and tripos questions. Running from the back, on the reverse of the page, are lecture notes on elementary crystallography and the physics and chemistry of crystals. There are short indexes on each inside cover.

MS.Add.8066: Palaeobotany notes

Lecture notes on palaeobotany, 1921. On the inside cover is a list of the main plant divisions, with fossil representations.

MS.Add.8067: Stratigraphy notes

Lecture notes on the mesozoic and tertiary stratigraphy of the world, 1921-1922. There are further notes running from the back of the volume, on the reverse of the page.

Administrative / Biographical History

Albert George Brighton (1900-1988), palaeontologist, was born in Streatham, London, on 29 December 1900. He attended St Leonard's School, Streatham, and Westminster City School before joining Christ's College, Cambridge. He became curator of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge in 1931, and thereafter devoted his working life to the identification, arrangement and cataloguing of its collections. He retired in 1968, and died in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, on 9 April 1988.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Geology Library, Cambridge, 1975.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to Simon J. Knell, 'Brighton, Albert George (1900-1988)', Oxford dictionary of national biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).

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