Sir Basil Schonland: Scientific Papers

Scope and Content

'Notes on spark discharge', 2 volumes; 'Lightning on earth', 1 volume; 'General scrapbook of notes', 3 volumes; papers and notes on atmospherics and lightning; letters and notes on visits to India, South Africa and the U.S.A.; and personal and professional correspondence and notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland (1896-1972) was born on 5 February 1896 in Grahamstown, Cape Colony. He entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1914, and carried out research in the Cavendish Laboratory, 1920-1922. He was a professor in South Africa, 1922-1954; Deputy Director, then Director, of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, 1954-1960; and Director of the Research Group, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, 1960-1961. Schonland wrote Atmospheric electricity, 1932 (2nd ed. 1953); The flight of thunderbolts, 1950 (2nd ed. 1964), and The atomists, 1805-1933, 1968. He died on 24 November 1972 in Shawford, Hampshire.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Miss Susan Oosthuizen, 1986.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds papers of Schonland's wife, Lady Schonland, MS.Add.8703.