James Cannan McConnel: Experimental Notebooks on Ice

Scope and Content

1. Notebook beginning 'Iridescent Clouds', 15 Feb. 1887, with 'Notes on diffraction from Verdet' running from the other end.

2. Notebook with the title 'Ice Experiment', containing rough workings and a date of 15 Nov. 1887.

3. Small notebook beginning with notes on the 'Conductivity of slag wool and cotton', but mainly describing experiments on snow and ice, c. 1888.

4. Notebook with the title page 'Ice experiments Jan 1888', used from both ends.

5. Small notebook with the title page 'Glaciers' at the front. There is further writing running from back, with the heading 'Nature, some important articles'.

6. Notebook beginning 'Testing thermometers', Dec. 1889.

7. Copy of an article by Robert F. Legget, 'Early ice experiments at Davos', taken from the Journal of glaciology, vol. 13, no.67, 1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Cannan McConnel (1860-1890) was born on 26 Oct. 1860, the son of William McConnel. He was educated at Repton school, before entering Clare College, Cambridge in 1876 (B.A., 1883; M.A., 1886), where he became a fellow in 1888. He was Assistant Demonstrator in Experimental Physics at the university, 1884-1885. Thereafter he joined the family business in Manchester, before poor health led him to settle in Switzerland. During his time in Switzerland he carried out observations on the properties of ice. He died there on 4 June 1890.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 1980.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

Item 3 was found among the papers of Ernest, Lord Rutherford.