Papers of James Clare Speakman, 1907-1986, Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Publications (off-prints of articles) 1930-1984;
  • Research and lecture notes c1937-1984;
  • Conference material (includes ephemera, programmes and draft papers) 1960-1983;
  • Correspondence 1956-1984;
  • Student and colleague research papers 1951-1981;
  • Negatives of crystal x-ray photographs undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Clare Speakman was born on 18 October 1907  . He gained his MSc and PhD at Sheffield University, England. He was appointed lecturer in the Chemistry Department at the University of Glasgow , Scotland, in 1946  . He was awarded a DSc from the University of Glasgow in 1954  for a thesis entitled Studies Mainly Electrochemical and Crystallographic . Following a period as a senior lecturer, Dr Speakman became a reader in Chemistry in 1966. He retired from the readership in 1973  but retained his connection with the department as an honorary senior research fellow. In 1974 he went to the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Visiting Professor. He continued active work until about 1982.

Initially, Dr Speakman's primary interest was in electrochemistry, however he later conducted research into hydrogen bonding in solids by diffraction methods. He published many articles in journals and was the author of several textbooks such as Molecular Structure: The Physical Approach , 1960 and Physical Chemistry , 1962. Dr Speakman was on the committee of the Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association from 1967-1970. He was also involved in the Royal Society of Chemistry as a member of its publication committee from 1954-1962 and as a member of council from 1967-1971. Dr Speakman was also a member of the Data Commission of the International Union. He died in 1986  .


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Acquisition Information

Gift: Dr K W Muir, Chemistry Department, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ: 1988

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Received directly from University of Glasgow where Dr Speakman worked


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Compiled by Janice Miller, Archive Assistant, 14 May 2003

Amended by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 20 December 2007