George Frederick Charles Searle: Notebooks and Class Experiments

Scope and Content

Boxes 1-12: class experiments, nos. 1-708. The experiments are written up in essay form, each with a title, date and number.

Boxes 13-14: class experiments, 1892-1907 and 1923-1944, with cyclostyled notes of practical physics, 1891-1892, and other miscellaneous information.

Box 15: Searle's experimental optics, class experiments, nos. 40-70.

Box 16: class experiments, lens systems 19-25.

Box 17: class experiments: Searle's experimental optics nos. 6-38.

Boxes 18-20: filed class experiments: mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, optics, and sound.

Box 21: Adams prize Essay 1908, 'The motion of electric systems and the radiation from them' (typescript), with miscellaneous other papers.

Box 22: notebooks on J.J. Thomson's lectures.

Box 23: labotatory experiments, 1897; electricity, 1901; tonal harmonics, 1907-1932.

Boxes 24-27: experimental notebooks for Part I.

Box 28: notebook on lectures, 1901-1934.

Box 29: notebooks: electricity (1902); lists of class experiments; exam questions in practical physics, 1882-1891.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Frederick Charles Searle (1864-1954) was a student at Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1884-1887. He became an Assistant Demonstrator in Experimental Physics at Cambridge University in 1888, and was a Demonstrator, 1890-1935. Searle was the author of Experimental optics and Experimental physics and was made FRS in 1905.

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.

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