Papers of Thomas Wilson Aitken, b1938, research physicist, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1963-1966

Scope and Content

  • Lecture notes and handouts on Thermodynamics 1956;
  • Lecture notes on Dynamics and other topics 1956;
  • Exam papers in Natural Philosophy 1964;
  • 2 ring-binders of lecture notes on a number of subjects, including experiments for students 1958;
  • Folder of lecture notes on Nuclear Physics 1959;
  • Research notes including a paper on An Ionization Current Integrator 11 Jan 1965 and notes on the Glasgow 340 MeV Synchrotron 1965;
  • 3 notebooks containing research notes for unspecified experiments 1958-1962;
  • Natural Philosophy notebooks containing descriptions of experiments, their form and outcome 1960-1961

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Wilson Aitken was born in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire on 02 November 1938  , son of William Lowden Aitken, a clerk. He attended Thorn School in Johnstone, Renfrewshire and John Neilson Institution in Paisley, Renfrewshire. He first attended the University of Glasgow in 1956  taking Mathematics, Chemistry and Natural Philosophy. The following year he studied Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Zoology. In 1958-1959 and 1959-1960 he took Honours classes in Natural Philosophy, being awarded a second class Bachelor of Science degree on 09 July 1960  . He immediately applied for admission as a research student towards a PhD under the supervision of Professor Phillip Ivor Dee. His thesis, Experiments on the extension of the energy of the 300MeV Glasgow Synchrotron and the characteristics of its output was accepted in 1966 and his PhD duly awarded. On 01 October 1963  he was appointed as an Assistant in the University of Glasgow‰??s Natural Philosophy Department, resigning on 30 September 1966  to take up an appointment as Senior Scientific Officer with the Science Research Council at Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory.


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