Papers of William McKirdy Deuchars, b1930, science graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Natural Philosophy lecture notes, 1948.

Administrative / Biographical History

William McKirdy Deuchars was born in Dumbarton in 1930. Prior to attending university, William was a student at Dumbarton Academy. William attended the University of Glasgow from 1948-1952  , taking classes in Natural Philosophy (Ordinary), Mathematics (Ordinary) and Geography in his first year, Natural Philosophy (Higher), Mathematics (Higher) and Astronomy in his second, Natural Philosophy (Honours) and Mathematics (Advanced Honours) in his third, and Natural Philosophy (Advanced Honours) and Mathematics (Advanced Honours) in his fourth year. He came second in his Natural Philosophy (Ordinary) examination in 1949 and third in his Natural Philosophy (Honours) examination in 1951. He was also awarded first class certificates in Mathematics (Ordinary) in 1949 and Astronomy in 1950. He graduated with second class honours BSc degree in April 1952  , but returned the following academic year as a research student. He was awarded a PhD for his research into nuclear reactions in light nuclei in 1956  and subsequently worked as a physicist.


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Related Material

William McKirdy Deuchars' PHD Thesis Some Studies of Nuclear Reactions in Light Nuclei is held by University of Glasgow Special Collections : GB 0247 Thesis 1398.

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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


Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 07 April 2005, and Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 13 April 2005. Biographical history edited by Jane Heward, Archive Assistant, 20 July 2011.

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