Papers and correspondence of Douglas Richard Chick

Scope and Content

The papers include notes, reports, lectures and correspondence from most phases of Chick's career, and also various lectures and research papers by J.D. Cockcroft, D. Gabor and G.P. Thomson (q.v.).

Administrative / Biographical History

Chick was born in Hastings, Sussex and educated at various army garrison schools in the UK and overseas, and Dartford Technical College and Woolwich Polytechnic, graduating in 1937 with a B.Sc. (Eng) and a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He began work at the Signals Experimental Establishment at Woolwich and joined the Ministry of Supply at the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war he worked on various aspects of radar, for which he received a wartime inventor's award in 1946. In that year he joined the Research Laboratory of Associated Electrical Industries Ltd at Aldermaston where he remained until 1963, working mainly on thermonuclear reactions. After a period at Vickers Research Laboratory, Chick was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the new University of Surrey at Guildford. Here he energetically promoted collaborative projects for education and research with industrial firms, such as the Electronics Research Group and the Ion Implantation Group.


By section as follows: Biographical and personal, Research in government and industrial laboratories, Talks, lectures and conferences, University of Surrey. Index of correspondents.

Access Information

Open access

Other Finding Aids

Printed catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Douglas Richard Chick, 1924-1978 by J. Alton and J. Latham-Jackson, CSAC no. 72/2/80, 48 pp. Copies available from NCUACS, University of Bath

Custodial History

Received for cataloguing in 1979 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre from Mrs M.E. Chick, widow and Professor K.G. Stephens, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Surrey. Placed in the National Archive for Electrical Science and Technology, Institution of Electrical Engineers, London in 1980.