Papers relating to Professor Rex Coates and to Engineering at the University of Nottingham; 1939-2017

Scope and Content

Seven files of Rex Coates' undergraduate course work and lecture notes from University College Nottingham Engineering courses, 1939-1941 (MS 1006/1-7);

Copy of a note entitled 'Professor R. C. Coates, father of Civil Engineering at Nottingham, a biographical note' by Professor Stephen Brown, 2017 (MS 1006/8);

Files of biographical information about Rex Coates, 2000s (MS 1006/9-10);

Copy of NCE (the magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers) featuring an interview with Rex Coates who was about to become President of the ICE, 2 November 1978 (MS 1006/11);

Special Report from The Times on Nottingham University's scientific research, 10 April 1986 (MS 1006/12);

Catalogue for the Thomas Telford Bicentenary Exhibition held by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1957. The exhibition included a large painting by Leonard Rosoman, depicting several of Telford's works. The painting was purchased by the University of Nottingham in 1958 and is displayed in the entrance to the Pope and Coates buildings (MS 1006/13);

Sketches of the Rosoman painting, naming the works by Telford which are depicted in the painting (MS 1006/14);

Photographs (both colour and black & white) of the Rosoman painting (MS 1006/15);

Cutting from The Sunday Times showing Rosoman at work on the painting, 14 July 1957 (MS 1006/16);

Copy of a note entitled 'Engineering at Nottingham: A Fifty-Three Year Personal Reflection', by Professor Stephen Brown, April 2010 (MS 1006/17)

Administrative / Biographical History

Rex Coates (1920-2004) was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham from 1958 to 1982, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1966 to 1969. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 1978 to 1979.


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Custodial History

The material was collected and donated by Professor Stephen Brown.