Albert Kempton: Correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

A. Biographical

Undergraduate notebooks and files, 1931-1932 (A.1-A.22)

Tributes, c. 2000 (A.23-A.24)

B. Research

Notebooks, lectures, etc., c. 1930-1944 (B.1-B.5)

C. Teaching

Notebooks, 1957-c. 1970 (C.1-C.11)

Teaching files, 1956-c. 1978 (C.12-C.90)

Administrative / Biographical History

Albert Ernest Kempton (1911-2000), physicist, was born on 26 December 1911. After taking a First in Part II Physics at Cambridge in 1933, he joined the research on deuterons as a member of M.L.E. Oliphant's team. In 1938 he joined the 'cyclotron team', working with W.B. Lewis. During the Second World War, Kempton worked on the development of radar, particularly for coastal defence. In 1945 he returned to Cambridge to lecture at the Cavendish Laboratory, and remained there for the rest of his professional career. As a distinguished Fellow of Christ's College, he was deeply involved in the College's affairs, and remained on the Council for thirty-five years. He died on 17 April 2000.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Received for cataloguing in November 2000 by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists from Christ's College, Cambridge. The papers were deposited subsequently in Cambridge University Library.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the catalogue prepared by the N.C.U.A.C.S., Bath University.

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