The Barkla collection includes: lectures and notes, 1903, 1917, at E91.105; citation for the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1917, at E96.23; and, congratulatory telegrams on the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1918-1919, at E96.10.
Papers of Professor Charles Glover Barkla (1877-1944)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Nobel Laureate Charles Glover Barkla was born in Widnes on 7 June 1877. He studied at the Liverpool Institute and then at University College, Liverpool, and then Trinity College and King's College, Cambridge. He was a student of physics, and as a research scholar he studied at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. In 1905, Barkla became a Demonstrator and Assistant Lecturer in Physics, and then in 1909 he was appointed to the Chair of Physics at King's College, London. He held this post until 1913 when he became Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University. For his outstanding contribution to physics and his work on the nature of X-radiation and its interaction with matter, Barkla was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1917. Barkla was very interested in music and was an able musician and singer. Professor Charles Glover Barkla died on 23 October 1944.
Conditions Governing Access
Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.
Lectures and notes transferred from Dept. of Natural Philosophy via King's Buildings Libraries, Edinburgh University, December 1991, Accession no. E91.105. Nobel Prize citation transferred from Dept. of Physics, June 1996, Accession no. E96.23. Congratulatory material received April 1996, Accession no. E96.10.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Rice, D. Talbot (comp.). The university portraits. pp.8-9. Edinburgh: University Press, 1957. (2) Who was who 1941-1950. A companion to Who's who.... London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division
Other Finding Aids
Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.