Paneth Lantern Slides

Scope and Content

Lantern slides and negatives of items in the F.A. Paneth (East Prussian) Amber Collection deposited in the University of Durham's Dept of Geology. The collection of amber specimens, artifacts, and creatures entombed in amber, to which these slides and negatives relate was formed by Professor Friedrich Adolf Paneth (1887-1958), Prof. of Chemistry in the University of Durham 1939-53. His fascination with amber began when he occupied the chair of chemistry at Königsberg in East Prussia between 1929 and 1933.

Administrative / Biographical History

Friedrich Adolf (Fritz) Paneth (1887-1958): educated at the Universities of Vienna, Munich and Glasgow; Professor and Director of Chemical Laboratories, Königsberg University, 1929-1933; left Germany because of political developments there; Reader in Atomic Chemistry, University of London, 1939; Professor of Chemistry, University of Durham, 1939-1953; Head of Chemistry Division, Joint British-Canadian Atomic Energy Team, 1943-1945; Director Max-Planck-Institut für Chimie, 1953-1958; F.R.S. 1947.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Miss Eva Paneth, daughter of Prof. Paneth, in 1986, in association with the deposit of the amber collection itself in the Dept of Geology.

Other Finding Aids

The slides and negatives are not themselves listed, but a list of the contents of the collection of amber to which they relate appears in G.A.L. Johnson and D.L. Schofield, The F.A. Paneth Collection of East Prussian Amber, Geological Curator, vol.5 no.6 (1991), 219-224.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Emeleus, H.J., Friedrich Adolf Paneth, 1887-1958, Biographical memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 6 (1960), 227-246