Wilfrid Bennett Lewis: Undergraduate Lecture Notebooks

Scope and Content

Notes of lectures and practical work for Lewis's first degree, covering chemistry, mechanics, physics, electricity and magnetism, experiments, postgraduate work, and notes on the theory of errors, atomic spectra and isotopes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wilfrid Bennett Lewis (1908-1987), physicist, attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1927-1930, and wrote his Ph.D. on the analysis of alpha-particle groups, 1934. He carried out research in radioactivity at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 1934-1939, and became a Fellow of Gonville and Caius, 1934; University Demonstrator in Physics, 1935; and University Lecturer, 1937. He was Senior Scientific Officer at the Air Ministry Establishment (later Telecommunications Research Establishment), 1939; Principal Scientific Officer, 1940; Superintendent, 1943; and Chief Superintendent, 1945. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1945, and received a C.B.E. in 1946. Lewis became Director of the Division of Atomic Energy of the National Research Council of Canada, 1946; Vice-President of Research and Development of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, 1952; and Senior Vice-President, 1963-1973. He was made a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 1952, and became Professor of Science at Queen's University, Ontario, in 1973.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by R.T. Lewis per N.C.U.A.C.S., 1989.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. A catalogue of the collection is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

A collection of Lewis papers is held by Queen's University Archives, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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