Papers of Terence Reginald Forbes Nonweiler, 1925-1999, engineer, Professor of Engineering (Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics), University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1961-1975

Scope and Content

  • Personal correspondence, 1961-1970;
  • Glasgow University Drama Society material, 1962-1965;
  • Published work and reports, 1962-1975;
  • Lantern slides and film, undated;
  • Lantern slides-complete aircraft, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Terence Reginald Forbes Nonweiler was born in London on the 08 February  1925 . In 1949 he married Patricia Hilda Frances (nèe Neame). They had four sons and one daughter. He was educated at Goudhurst, Kent. After a years student teaching there he entered the University of Manchester in 1942 and obtained the degree of BSc in the Honours School of Mathematics in  1944 . That same year he became the Scientific Officer for the Scientific Advisor's Department of the Air Ministry, a post he retained for six years. From  1951-1954  he was the lecturer in Aerodynamics at the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield. He was promoted in  1954  to senior lecturer in Theoretical Aerodynamics and Mathematics. In 1957 he joined the new department of Aeronautical Engineering at The Queen's University of Belfast as the senior lecturer. The degree of PhD was awarded to him in 1960 for his thesis concerning the Stability and Control of Submarines. In  1961  he was appointed the Mechan Professor of Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics at the  University of Glasgow. In  1975  he joined Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as the Professor of Mathematics. He was a consultant to the Admiralty in 1951; to the Ministry of Aviation in 1959; to the Ministry of Agriculture 1966 and to the Wellington City Corporation in 1977. He was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and also of the Institute of Aerospace Sciences, an Associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. His publications include: Jets and Rockets, (1959); as well as numerous technical papers on aeronautics, space flight, and submarine motion.

Sources: Who's Who, (1981, London) and The College Courant, Vol. IV, No.27, (1961, Glasgow).


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Departmental Staff : Department of Aeronautics & Fluid Mechanics : 1980

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Related Material

MUS6/4/13. Poster for performance of The Frogs of Aristophanes, by University of Glasgow, Department of Greek. Translated by Henry Chalk, with music composed by Michael Tilmouth (lecturer in Music); produced by Terence Nonweiler, with dancers of the Glasgow Theatre Ballet. Feb 1965.

GB 0248 DC 284 Records of Glasgow University Dramatic Club.

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

Fonds level compiled by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 08 October 2004. Lower levels catalogued by Glasgow University Archive staff. Lower levels converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michael Beesley, Archive Assistant, June 2013.

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