The archive contains the files of Edward van Rest, which comprise correspondence, photographs, printed material and other personalia, 1954-1979.
Papers of Edward Douglas van Rest (b.1901), academic
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Edward van Rest was born in Eastbourne in 1901. He was a statistician
His curriculum vitae, as supplied by his son, is as follows:
1912 - 1919 Scholar, Sir Walter St John's School, London SW11
1919-1921 & 1922-1923 Scholar, Peterhouse, Cambridge
1922 BSc (Maths) London Univ.
1923 BA (Natural Sciences) Cambridge Univ.
1923-25 Physics Master, Bancroft's School, Woodford, Essex
1925-40 Scientific Officer, Forest Products Research Lab.
1925 - 27 Oxford
1927 - 40 Princes Risborough, Bucks
1940-45 Ministry of Home Security, R & D Dept, Princes Risborough
1945-46 Ministry of Supply, O/C Advisory Service on Quality Control,
Advisory Service on Statistical Methods (S.R.17)
1946-51 Principal Scientific Officer, National Physical Lab. Mathematics Division,
1951 Secretary and Royal Statistical Society Representative, British Productivity
Council's specialist team on Inspection in Industry visit to USA
1951-60 Ministry of Supply, Advisory Service on Statistical Methods, London
Service transferred to the Ministry of Aviation, and later to the War Office.
Carlton Hotel, Haymarket; Shell-Mex House, Strand; War Office, Whitehall.
1961 30 January, Retired from Civil Service.
1961-66 Assistant Director of Research, Engineering Dept, Cambridge Univ.
Teaching 'Principles of Industrial Management' & Design of Experiments
1966 July, retired and November moved to Exeter, Devon.
Served on the first editorial committee of "Applied Statistics"
Member of Council, Royal Statistical Society
Member of Council and Education Committee and Examiner, Institution of Engineering Inspection
Chairman, British Productivity Council's Committee on Quality Control,
which became National Council of Quality & Reliability
Examiner, Institute of Statisticians.
Believed to have been Secretary of the Operational Research Club, the predecessor of the ORS
This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/
The archive was deposited with the Modern Records Centre by Edward van Rest's son, Dr David van Rest, formerly a senior lecturer at Aston University and Deputy Registrar (Research) at South Bank University, in February 1995.
Other Finding Aids
Link to full catalogue: http://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/VAR
This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Further deposits are not expected.