Papers of Wilfred Lennox Coats, 1897-1994, engineering graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Electrical Engineering student lecture notes, 1921-1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wilfred Lennox Coats was born in Paisley on 27 May 1897  . His father, James Watson Coats, had been a laundry proprietor, but had died prior to him attending university. Wilfred attended the University of Glasgow from 1919-1922  , taking classes in Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and Physics Laboratory in his first year; Engineering I and III, Engineering Laboratory, Naval Architecture I and Mathematics II in his second, and Natural Philosophy (Higher), Engineering IV, Electrical Engineering I and II, Engineering Laboratory and Drawing in his third and final year. He was awarded third prize and Engineering I and a first class certificate in Natural Philosophy (Ordinary) in 1920; the junior class prize for Naval Architecture I and second prize for Engineering II in 1921, and the George Harvey prize for Engineering IV, the Walker Prize for Engineering and a first class certificate in Drawing in 1922. He graduated with a BSc with special distinction in Engineering and Drawing in April 1922  and subsequently became an Engineer. After working abroad with Shell-Mex and BP Ltd from 1953-1958, he was then appointed as a lecturer at a Scottish university. He died in Melrose, Roxburghshire, on 9 October 1994  .


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Deposit : W L Coats : 1977

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist,21 July 2004. Administrative history edited by Jane Heward, Archives Assistant, 22 July 2011.

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