Correspondence and Papers of Sir Rudolf (Ernst) Peierls

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Original catalogue by Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel; EAD version by Lawrence Mielniczuk

2016

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Biographical and personal
    A.1  Biographical and early career
    A.2  Honours and awards
    A.3  General personal correspondence
    A.4  Autobiographical and historical reminiscences
    A.5  Retirement Symposium
B    University and academic (Birmingham and Oxford)
    B.1  University of Birmingham
    B.2  University of Oxford
    B.3  General educational policy and ideas
    B.4  University examining
    B.5  References and testimonials
C    Scientific correspondence
D    Publications, broadcasts, reports
    D.1  Correspondence with publishers and editors
    D.2  Broadcasting and television
    D.3  Miscellaneous reports
E    Conferences, symposia, invitation lectures, visits
    E.1  Invitations accepted by Peierls
    E.2  Declined invitations (and related correspondence)
    E.3  Minor correspondence regarding symposia, meetings, conferences and visits
    E.4  Departmental/university invitations
    E.5  Departmental/university invitations declined
F    Committees, societies, consultancies
    F.1  Advisory Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament—Atomic Energy Research Establishment
    F.2  Atomic Scientists Association
    F.3  British Association
    F.4  The English Electric Company, Limited
    F.5  Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
    F.6  The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society
    F.7  National Institute for Research in Nuclear Science—Max-Plank-Insttut für Physik und Astrophysik
    F.8  The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
    F.9  The Royal Society
    F.10  Science Research Council
    F.11  Society for the Protection of Science and Learning—United Nations Association Disarmament Committee
    F.12  Miscellaneous Committees
    F.13  CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)


Correspondence and Papers of Sir Rudolf (Ernst) Peierls, 1930-1983

Abstract:
Catalogue of the correspondence and papers of Sir Rudolf (Ernst) Peierls (1907-1995), physicist.

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197-226
(CSAC 52/6/77/A.1-CSAC 52/6/77/F.50)
Extent: 30 boxes
Language of Material: English, German and French

Biographical History

Rudolf Ernst Peierls was born 5 June 1907 in Berlin. He was educated at a Gymnasium (High School) in a Berlin suburb. On leaving school he spent six months as a trainee technician at the telephone factory Mix & Genest.

Peierls entered Berlin University in October 1925 as a student of physics. In 1926 he transferred to the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Munich, led by Professor Arnold Sommerfeld. In the spring of 1928 he transferred to the Theoretical Physics Department at Leipzig University, led by Professor Werner Heisenberg, and in the spring of 1929 he moved yet again - to the Federal Institute of Technology (E.T.H.) in Zürich. He obtained his D.Phil from Leipzig in 1929, with his dissertation on the thermal conductivity of non-conducting crystals, written under the supervision of Wolfgang Pauli. From the autumn of 1929 to the autumn of 1932 he was 'Assistant' To Professor Pauli.

From the autumn of 1932 to the autumn of 1933 Peierls held a Rockefeller Felowship, allowing him to work with Enrico Fermi in Rome, and with Paul Dirac and R.H. Fowler in Cambridge. From 1933 to 1935 he did research at Manchester University, funded by an 'academic assistance' grant supporting German refugees. From 1935 to 1937 he transferred his research to the Mond Laboratory at Cambridge University. In 1937 Peierls was appointed Professor of Applied Mathematics, later changed to Mathematical Physics, at the University of Birmingham. In 1963 he was appointed Wykeham Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University, where he was a Fellow of New College. He retired from this position in 1974. In later years he was as a part-time professor at the University of Washington.

During the war years, because of His German birth, Peierls was not allowed to to work on research into radar. From 1940 to 1943 he did atomic-energy work for the M.A.U.D. Committee and the Tube Alloys Project. From 1943 until the end of the war he worked on the Manhattan Project, both in New York and at Los Alamos.

Peierls's research work includes work on the quantum theory of solids of electro-magnetic fields and of the solid nucleus. Some of this was done jointly with L. Landau, H.A. Bethe, N. Bohr and others. Visits to other institutions included a semester at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 1952, a semester at Columbia University 1959, The Battelle Visiting Professorship at the University of Washington for two quarters in 1967, and subsequent shorter visits to the University of Washington in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973.

Peierls was awarded a C.B.E. in 1946, and was knighted in 1968. He was awarded numerous honours, both domestically and internationally.

Peierls was a founding member of the Atomic Scientists Association and a member of their Council during its existence. He was a participant in the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He was a member of the Continuing Committee 1963 to 1974, and Chairman of the Continuing Committee 1970 to 1974.

Peierls married in 1931. The couple had one son and three daughters. Peierls died 19 September 1995, in Oxford. In 1985 Peierls published Bird of Passage: Recollections of a physicist, which covers his life until 1974.

Scope and Content

The collection, which consists almost entirely of correspondence written and received, covers all aspects of Peierls's career to 1974, including scientific research, service on committees, advisory boards, etc., publications, appointments, overseas visits and the like.

Because of his own highly distinguished scientific work and his knowledge of the world of physics in one of its heroic periods, his involvement with work on the atomic bomb during the Second World War and with disarmament and the Pugwash movement after it, Peierls has already attracted the attention of historians, and has given reminiscences and accounts of episodes in his life, on tape, radio, television, in print and by correspondence. Several of these have been brought together in a sub-section of Section A, items MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.16 - MS. Eng. misc. b.198 /A.28, and in MS. Eng. misc. b.219 /D.22 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.23. Other items not in the present collection are mentioned in Locations of other material below. Peierls's retirement from the Wykeham Chair was marked by a Symposium held in Oxford 11-12 July 1974. Correspondence with participants, and tapes of the talks and discussion, are contained, by courtesy of the organisers Dr. I.J.R. Aitchison and Dr. J.E. Paton, in MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.25 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.28, and include many personal and scientific recollections of Peierls and his career.

Arrangement

Section A. Biographical and personal MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.1 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.28

Section B. University and academic (at Birmingham and Oxford) MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.1 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.47

Section C. Scientific correspondence MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.1 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.359

Section D. Publications, broadcasts, reports MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.1 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/D.25

Section E. Conferences, symposia, invitation lectures, visits MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.1 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.35

Section F. Committees, Societies, Consultancies MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.1 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.50

Index to principal correspondents

Acquisition

The papers were received from Sir Rudolf Peierls in August 1974, after his retirement from the Wykeham Chair of Physics, Oxford University. They refer therefore only to his activities up to 1974.

Deposited in 1977

Preferred Form of Citation

MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.1

Related Material

There is a Supplementary Catalogue of the Papers of Sir Rudolf Peierls. This is not yet available online, but printed copies are available in the reading rooms.

Subjects (LCSH)

Physics

A   Biographical and personal

A.1   Biographical and early career


Biographical notes, bibliography.
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS.Eng. misc. b. 197/A.1
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.1

Scope and Content:

A narrative chronology entitled 'Peierls's War Years' has been extracted from correspondence with Charles Weiner and listed here for ease of reference (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.20).


Early work and career
Date: 1923-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.2
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.2

Scope and Content:

MS. essay written at school on 'Today's school from the point of view of the pupil' (in German), 1923-1924

MS. notes for a seminar given in Munich (in German), 1927

Offer from Professor Dr. W. Lenz of an assistantship in the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg. (MS. letter in German.) Peierls provisionally accepted the offer and then subsequently withdrew his acceptance when it became clear that Hitler would come to power in Germany, 1933

A.2   Honours and awards


Certificates of honour and accompanying correspondence
Date: 1943-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.3
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.3

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • Fellowship of the Institute of Physics, 1943
  • C.B.E., 1946
  • Medal of Freedom with Silver Palm, U.S.A., 1947
  • Royal Medal, Royal Society, 1959
  • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1962
  • Honorary Associate, College of Advanced Technology, Birmingham (now University of Aston), 1963
  • Guthrie Prize and Medal, The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society, 1967
  • Knighthood, 1968
  • Honorary Fellow, The Institute of Physics, 1973

Honorary Degrees
Date: 1960-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.4
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.4

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • D.Sc. University of Liverpool, 1960
  • D.Sc. University of Birmingham, 1967
  • D.Sc. University of Edinburgh, 1969

Also includes correspondence regarding arrangements for ceremonies and dinners, and letters of congratulation.


Letters of congratulation
Date: 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.5
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.5

Scope and Content:

Letters of congratulation on the award of the Royal Medal by the Royal Society.


Wykeham Chair of Physics, Oxford
Date: 1961-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.6
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.6

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with Oxford and Birmingham Universities regarding offer and acceptance of the Wykeham Chair of Physics, Oxford.


Wykeham Chair of Physics, Oxford
Date: 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.7
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.7

Scope and Content:

Letters of congratulation on Peierls's election to the Wykeham Chair.


Award of the Lorentz Medal by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science and Letters
Date: 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.8
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.8

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with the Academy regarding arrangements for the presentation of the medal, the text of Peierls's reply at the ceremony on 24 November, and a printed report of the meeting. Correspondence regarding arrangements to give a seminar in Leiden.


Max Planck Medal
Date: 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.9
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.9

Scope and Content:

Letters of congratulation on the award of the Max Planck Medal. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.5 for correspondence regarding travel arrangements to Hamburg to receive the Medal.)

A.3   General personal correspondence


Congratulatory letters
Date: 1950-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.10
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.10

Scope and Content:

Congratulatory letters written by Peierls and some replies from recipients (in date order).


Miscellaneous personal correspondence
Date: 1943-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.11
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.11

Scope and Content:

Includes letters of thanks, invitations, replies to appeals, requests for interviews, etc.


Miscellaneous personal correspondence
Date: 1965-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.12
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.12

Scope and Content:

Includes letters of thanks, invitations, replies to appeals, requests for interviews, etc.

Includes correspondence with Mark Boxer of The Times who drew a caricature of Peierls for New College that is also reproduced on the cover of the retirement symposium volume. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.25.)


Miscellaneous personal correspondence
Date: 1950-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.13
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.13

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding various social invitations, valedictory lectures, visits, etc.


'Consumer Complaints'
Date: 1962-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.14
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.14

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with airlines, shops and organisations regarding poor service, invoicing errors and the like.


Correspondence relating to Madame S. Bonnevay
Date: 1964-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.15
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.15

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding a gift for Madame S. Bonnevay, widow of Georges Bonnevay who had worked in Birmingham with Peierls, 1959-1961. Includes a letter sent by Peierls to Bonnevay's colleagues, replies from contributors, letters of thanks from Mme. Bonnevay. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.38.)

A.4   Autobiographical and historical reminiscences


Scope and Content:

Peierls received many requests from historians and biographers for information regarding the development of quantum physics and for his recollections and reminiscences of scientific colleagues. He answered at length the many questions put to him and commented on draft manuscripts with care and fairness. This correspondence has been brought together with other shorter material relating to the history of science and presented in date order with a brief indication of the subject matter.


Correspondence
Date: 1946-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.16
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.16

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Correspondence with W. Stanners regarding modern warfare and its morality (lengthy letter from Peierls on this subject), 1946.
  • Correspondence with Alexander Sachs regarding his testimony before the US Senate Committee on Atomic Energy, 1946
  • 'I am not perturbed', statement by Peierls for publication in the Sunday Express in refutation of its article of 29 October 1950, entitled 'Perturbed Men' which attempted to represent the attitude of foreign-born scientists as a result of the Pontecorvo case. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203C.42, MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.109, MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.266 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.281.)
  • Correspondence with F.G. Gregory regarding cancellation of invitation to Professor C.F. Powell to lecture in Germany, 1953. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.250.)
  • Manuscript on 'The Lesson of the Fuchs case', 7pp. with Peierls's recollections of Fuchs and his reflection on security and its consequent social problem. n.d., probably 1952.
  • Correspondence with Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper regarding his statement in a review of a book on the Oppenheimer case that Oppenheimer had resided in Cambridge after the hearings, 1955.
  • Correspondence with Martin J. Klein regarding a biography of Paul Ehrenfest, 1957. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.92.)
  • 'The bias of nature', an article by J. Bronowski sent for discussion with Peierls, 1957.

Correspondence
Date: 1958-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.17
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.17

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Correspondence with H.V. Rowley regarding the history of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, 1958.
  • Correspondence with Franz Bergel regarding apartheid in South African universities, 1959.
  • Correspondence with Mrs. Nancy Arms regarding her proposed biography of Sir Francis Simon (published as A Prophet in Two Countries), 1960. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b 214/C.281 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.282.)
  • Letter from Norwood Russell Hanson regarding the history of the positive electron, 1960.
  • Correspondence with Melania Serbu, 1959-1962, regarding transverse waves in liquid and her correspondence with Einstein, 1928-1948, (in German). Includes correspondence with the Einstein estate and a photocopy of Einstein's letter to Miss Serbu of 9 January 1929.

Correspondence
Date: 1961-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.18
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.18

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Letter from John Wheeler regarding the 'sources for the history of quantum physics' project, 1962. (Peierls was interviewed by John Heilbron in June 1963 for this history.)
  • Correspondence with Walter Schneir regarding the Los Alamos project, Klaus Fuchs and the Soviet nuclear weapons programme, 1961-1963.
  • Correspondence with Ronald Clark regarding the Frisch-Peierls memorandum, 1963.
  • Correspondence with Edward Lilly regarding the development of the concept of dislocations, 1964. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.229, Peierls's correspondence with Orowan, and MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.11.)
  • Letter from Lansing Lamont regarding his book Day of Trinity and the Los Alamos Project, 1964. Includes Peierls's brief reply.
  • Correspondence with N. Kemmer regarding his obituary notice of Hans Halban in The Times and a copy of the notice, 1964. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.130.)

Correspondence
Date: 1961-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.19
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.19

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Correspondence with Margaret Gowing regarding research for her book Britain and Atomic Energy, 1939-45; extensive comments and recollections by Peierls, 1961-1963.
  • Includes extracts from a June 1963 memorandum to Mrs. Gowing by Sir Henry Dale regarding British scientists' attitudes to the use of the bombs against the Japanese.
  • Brief correspondence between Peierls and Howard Graves regarding his research at Oxford for a B.Litt., 1964-1968.
  • Later correspondence regarding Peierls's article on Oppenheimer for the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 1972. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b.218/D.9.)

Correspondence
Date: 1965-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.20
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.20

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Correspondence with Malcolm D. Ferrier regarding the Frisch-Peierls memorandum, 1965.
  • Correspondence with A.N. Bryan-Brown regarding a speech about V. Weisskopf (the Latin oration on the occasion of his honorary degree from Oxford where Bryan-Brown was Public Orator), 1965. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.322 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.330.
  • Correspondence with Edwin M. McMillan regarding Oliphant's proposal for a high energy proton accelerator, 1967.
  • Correspondence with J. Thewlis regarding 'Peierls stress' and non-local potentials, 1967.
  • Correspondence with R.S. Shankland re the Compton effect, 1969.
  • Correspondence with Charles Weiner regarding his tape-recorded oral history interview with Peierls (August 1969), correction of the transcript, etc. This tape and transcript are deposited in the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, New York. A narrative chronology titled 'Peierls's War Years' (1940-1944), perhaps prepared by the Center as background information for C. Weiner before the interview, has been extracted and listed separately, 1969-1973. (See MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.1.)
  • Correspondence with Robert Reid regarding his book Tongues of Conscience: Peierls's comments on the manuscript of one chapter, especially regarding the refugee scientists in Britain, 1968-1969. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.23.)
  • Correspondence with Ronald Clark regarding his biography of Albert Einstein: Peierls's comments on that part of the manuscript dealing with Einstein's reaction to Szilard's proposal in 1939 for a nuclear weapon. Peierls's letter includes a query of Clark's statement that fission was 'in some ways the climax of half a century's work', 1970

Correspondence
Date: 1970-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.21
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.21

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Correspondence with David H. Frisch regarding his paper 'Scientists and the Decision to Bomb Japan without a Demonstration', enclosing copies of letters from Gen. Leslie Groves, Vannevar Bush and James Conant who had commented on the manuscript and on the events described therein, 1970.
  • Correspondence with Lorna Arnold of the UK Atomic Energy Authority reharding Peierls's wartime atomic energy papers, 1970. When these papers are declassified they will be deposited in the Public Record Office (now The National Archives), London. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/D.24.)
  • Letter to Kurt Mendelssohn answering historical questions regarding the estimation of the critical size and the resulting work on isotope separation, 1970. (The papers do not include a copy of Mendelssohn's questions.)
  • Remarks on the pre-history of the discovery of slow neutron capture by Maurice Goldhaber: a photostatic copy of the paper, 1971.
  • Correspondence with A. Ince of Anglo Great Lakes Corporation Ltd. who was attempting to locate a pre-print of a paper 'The production and properties of graphite for reactors' read at the Atoms for Peace Conference in Geneva, 1955, 1971.
  • Letter to L. Van Hove regarding Pauli and Heisenberg, 1971. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.138 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.234-MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.240.)

Correspondence
Date: 1971-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.22
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.22

Scope and Content:

Contains

  • Correspondence with Richard J. Eden regarding Paul Dirac on occasion of Dirac's 70th birthday, 1971: 5 typescript pages of Peierls's reminiscences and recollections. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.82.)
  • Correspondence with Mrs. Robert Oppenheimer regarding proposed biography of her husband, 1972: 4 typescript pages of Peierls's reminiscences and recollections of Oppenheimer. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.19, MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.227-MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.228, MS. Eng. misc. d. 218/D.9, and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18.)
  • Correspondence with B.H. Muller regarding Leo Szilard: notes by Muller of his interview with Peierls (June 1972) annotated, amended and expanded by Peierls.
  • Comments by Peierls on Charles P. Enz's article on Pauli, 1972. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b.212/C.240.)
  • Correspondence with Charles Weiner and Otto Nathan (trustee of the Einstein estate) regarding some Einstein-Warburg correspondence, 1972-1973.
  • Correspondence with W.E. Frahn regarding the 'Bohr, Peierls and Placzek paper', 1974. (This paper was never published: see MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.29-MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.35.)
Related Material:

NOTE: The following files also contain correspondence and/or writings of a special historical/autobiographical interest, although this list is by no means complete.

  • MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.218: Correspondence with N.F. Mott regarding the history of metal-insulator transitions.
  • MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.265: Correspondence with P. Rosbaud regarding German scientific effort during the War.
  • MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.10: Autobiographical note by Peierls for Modern Men of Science.
  • MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18: Obituary notices of G.N. Watson, M. Born, L. Rosenfeld; Peierls's review of Lawrence and Oppenheimer and his entry on J.R. Oppenheimer for A Biographical Dictionary of Scientists.
  • MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.22 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.23: Correspondence regarding various interviews, recordings and television appearances made by Peierls.
  • MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.11: Typescript of talk by Peierls on "The History of the 'Peierls-Navaho' Force".
  • Miscellaneous reviews and articles mentioned in Section D, see especially MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.12 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.13.


Correspondence
Date: 1955-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.23
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.23

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding 'Journal of Jocular Physics' published on the occasion of Bohr's 50th, 60th and 70th birthdays (especially regarding Peierls's contribution 'The Atom that Bohr Built').

Correspondence regarding other verse and songs by Peierls.


Press-cuttings
Date: c.1945-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.24
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.24

Scope and Content:

One folder of press-cuttings, especially regarding the dropping of the atomic bomb and the Oppenheimer security case.

A.5   Retirement Symposium


Symposium
Date: 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.25
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.25

Scope and Content:

One folder of material regarding the symposium held in Peierls's honour on the occasion of his retirement from the Wykeham Chair. The programme of the symposium, held in Oxford 11-12 July 1974, included contributions by H. Bethe, O. Frisch, R. Berman, S.F. Edwards, G.E. Brown, D. Thouless, R. Dalitz, V. Weisskopf and D.H. Wilkinson. The file contains a copy of the initial letter of invitation, replies (of acceptance and of regret) with appreciations and reminiscences of Sir Rudolf and Lady Peierls, programme, menu for the dinner held in Christ Church, group photograph, and correspondence with some of the speakers. The proceedings were published in a volume entitled Rudolf Peierls and Theoretical Physics, ed. I.J.R. Aitchison and J.E. Paton, Pergamon Press, 1977.


Symposium publication
Date: 1974-1976
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.26
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.26

Scope and Content:

One file of correspondence with Pergamon Press regarding the publication of Rudolf Peierls and Theoretical Physics.


Symposium
Date: 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.27
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.27

Scope and Content:

Tape of the talks and discussions.


Symposium
Date: 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/A.28
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/A.28

Scope and Content:

Tape of the talks and discussions.

B   University and academic (Birmingham and Oxford)

B.1   University of Birmingham


Scope and Content:

Peierls was Professor of Applied Mathematics (the title was changed to Mathematical Physics in 1946) from 1937 to 1963.

In addition to dealing with matters relative to university business, the correspondence with the Vice Chancellors (see MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.9 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.10) contains much information of a biographical and personal nature, such as Peierls's war work and consultancies, offers of university chairs, journeys abroad for conferences, invitations to spend sabbatical leave in institutes or universities abroad. More strictly 'Birmingham University' topics include matters relative to the organisation, administration and finance of the department, Senate and university committee meetings, arrangements for visits by distinguished scientists, university housing and construction projects, policy on retirement age for professors, social invitations, 1954 Home Universities Conference (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.1) and the like.

Related Material:

See also correspondence with G.E. Brown (MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.51-MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.53), R.H. Dalitz (MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.75) and B.H. Flowers (MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.102 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.103) regarding administration and teaching in the Department.



Correspondence with visitors
Date: 1948-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.1
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.1

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with visitors to the department (for meetings with Peierls or other staff members, to deliver lectures or colloquia, for examining).


Correspondence with visitors
Date: 1952-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.2
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.2

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with visitors to the department (for meetings with Peierls or other staff members, to deliver lectures or colloquia, for examining).


Correspondence regarding possibilities for study, employment, etc.
Date: 1948-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.3
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.3

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with prospective research students and colleagues from other universities regarding possibilities for study, employment or sabbatical term in department.


Correspondence with and regarding students
Date: 1947-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.4
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.4

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with and regarding students: placing in jobs or research departments in other universities, publication of papers, recruiting, grant applications.


Correspondence with and regarding students
Date: 1961-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.5
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.5

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with and regarding students: placing in jobs or research departments in other universities, publication of papers, recruiting, grant applications.


Miscellaneous short correspondence regarding department
Date: 1946, 1951-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.6
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.6

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous short correspondence regarding department: structure, examining, possible industrial grants, equipment, library purchases, scheduling of lectures, finances, etc.


Administrative correspondence
Date: 1963-1964, 1969-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.7
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.7

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with G.V. Chester, G.H. Burkhardt, T.H.R. Skyrme, Eric Canel, regarding administration of the Department of Mathematical Physics following Peierls's move to Oxford.


Miscellaneous correspondence
Date: 1963-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.8
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.8

Scope and Content:

Invitation to become an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Senior Common Room. Correspondence regarding secretarial and administrative matters after Peierls's move to Oxford.


Peierls's correspondence with the Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham
Date: 1939-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.9
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.9

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with Sir Charles Grant Robertson (one letter only), 1939.

Correspondence with Sir Raymond Priestley, 1939-1952.


Peierls's correspondence with the Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham
Date: 1952-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.10
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.10

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with Sir Robert Aitken (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.6, a file of correspondence regarding Peierls's election to the Wykeham Chair and his subsequent move to Oxford).


Correspondence regarding a proposed research institute
Date: 1959-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.11
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.11

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding a proposed research institute in mathematical physics to be linked with the Birmingham department: draft proposals by Peierls, and correspondence regarding applications for grants from charitable foundations.

B.2   University of Oxford


Scope and Content:

Peierls was the Wykeham Professor of Physics in the Department of Theoretical Physics, Oxford, from 1963 until his retirement in 1974; see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.6, a file of papers relative to his election to the Chair. .


Correspondence with and regarding students
Date: 1963-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.12
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.12

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with and regarding students: students' queries regarding admission to department, placing of students for research, topics for research, etc.


Miscellaneous correspondence
Date: 1963-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.13
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.13

Scope and Content:

Requests to visit or work in the department and for meetings with Peierls; letters of thanks following visits; Peierls's invitations extended to colleagues abroad for sabbatical leave in the Oxford department. Some scientific correspondence arising. (File includes typescript of a paper on 'The Education of Astonomers', a contribution to a discussion meeting on the topic to be held at the Royal Astronomical Society, prepared by D.E. Blackwell and M.G. Adam, and sent to Peierls for information.)


Correspondence regarding departmental business
Date: 1963-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.14
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.14

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding departmental business: examining, supervision, structure, publications, some correspondence regarding university matters. Invitations and lists of guests for annual Michaelmas Term parties in the department. Correspondence with Registrar regarding leaves of absence and departmental allowances. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.11, correspondence between Peierls and his secretary during his sabbatical leave from the department in 1967, and MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.127 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.128, his correspondence with D. ter Haar, much of which pertains to departmental business.)

B.3   General educational policy and ideas


Scope and Content:

Peierls's advice was frequently sought on such matters; his careful and thoughtful replies, often at some length, document his interest and concern.

Related Material:

The following files in Section C may be referred to for further correspondence regarding various aspects of academic policy and philosophy:



Correspondence regarding university and academic policy
Date: 1954-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.15
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.15

Scope and Content:

Correspondence:

  • with J.C. Gunn regarding a proposal to form a Chair of Applied Mathematics at Glasgow, 1954.
  • with R.A. Rankin regarding Scottish secondary school education, 1959.
  • with Th. V. Kanellopoulos regarding the establishment of a School for Physics, Athens, 1961. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.164.)
  • lengthy letters to Whitehall (and correspondence with Sir Robert Aitken) regarding the government's financial policy towards universities, 1962. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.20.)

Correspondence regarding university and academic policy
Date: 1965-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.16
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.16

Scope and Content:

Correspondence:

  • with A.G. Watts regarding an interim year between school and university, 1965.
  • with Sir Christopher Cox regarding brain drain in India, 1965.
  • with Sir Harrie Massey regarding overseas students' fees, 1967.
  • with Officers of the Oxford Society for Social Responsibility in Science regarding their policies, 1968.
  • with the Association of University Teachers regarding 'direct action' over salaries, 1969.
  • with Birmingham University Registry regarding the history of inaugural lectures, 1972.
  • with J.F. Allen regarding Science Research Council selectivity, 1971.
  • with Peter Hancock regarding tape recording of material on quantum theory for use in schools, 1974.

B.4   University examining


Miscellaneous correspondence
Date: 1951-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.17
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.17

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous correspondence regarding external examining (occasionally includes dissertation reports). Minor correspondence regarding electoral boards.


Reports on dissertations
Date: pre-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.18
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.18

Miscellaneous correspondence
Date: 1963-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.19
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.19

Scope and Content:

File of papers relative to examining at Bradford Institute of Technology (Peierls acted as external examiner to the mathematics course for the Diploma in Technology): correspondence regarding meetings, setting of examinations, assessments of questions and of marking, recommendations for awards.


Correspondence regarding external examining for the Birmingham department
Date: 1946-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.20
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.20

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with W.H. McCrea (1951) and H.S.W. Massey (1946-1949) regarding their external examining for the Birmingham department. See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.135 (D.R. Hartree), MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.168 (N. Kemmer) and MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.254 (M.H.L. Pryce) for further correspondence on the same topic.


Commonwealth Scholarships
Date: 1959-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.21
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.21

Scope and Content:

Commonwealth Scholarships (Peierls acted as a member of advisory panel fo the awarding committee): correspondence and reports.


Requests for advice
Date: 1947-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.22
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/B.22

Scope and Content:

Requests from university officials and heads of departments for Peierls's suggestions and advice.

B.5   References and testimonials

Arrangement:

MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.25 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.41: references and testimonials for individuals, arranged alphabetically by name of candidate. MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.42 - MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.47: suggestions for appointments and comparison of several candidates, in date order.



George Eastman, Professorship, Oxford
Date: 1963-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.24

A-Bl
Date: 1953-1972, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.25

Bo-Bu
Date: 1947-1974, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.26

C
Date: 1962-1974, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.27

E-F
Date: 1948-1970, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.28

G
Date: 1950-1971, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.29

H-He
Date: 1951-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.30

Hi-I
Date: 1951-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.31

J
Date: 1962-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.32

K
Date: 1958-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.33

L
Date: 1948-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.34

Mac-Me
Date: 1957-1974, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.35

Mi-N
Date: 1951-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.36

O-P
Date: 1950-1969, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.37

R
Date: 1951-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.38

Sa-Sh
Date: 1963-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.39

Si-T
Date: 1951-1973, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.40

V-Z
Date: 1959-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 200/B.41

Suggestions for appointments and comparisons of several candidates
Date: 1950-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.42

Suggestions for appointments and comparisons of several candidates
Date: 1956-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.43

Suggestions for appointments and comparisons of several candidates
Date: 1960-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.44

Suggestions for appointments and comparisons of several candidates
Date: 1963-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.45

Suggestions for appointments and comparisons of several candidates
Date: 1965-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.46

Suggestions for appointments and comparisons of several candidates
Date: 1970-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 201/B.47

C   Scientific correspondence


Scope and Content:

The correspondence in this section is with individuals. Other letters relating to committees, publications, university matters, etc. will be found in the relevant sections.

With some exceptions the material is presented alphabetically, dated, and with an indication of the language(s) in which it is conducted. An indication of the content is given only when it is of special personal or scientific interest. Not all the letters survive, and a note has been made in the list below in cases where only Peierls's carbon copy remains. Cross-references are given to principal individuals, research or activities mentioned elsewhere in the collection, but when the correspondence deals with numerous projects and personnel within a department it has not been practicable to cross-reference them all.

The correspondence deals mainly with scientific matters, though it contains many personal and friendly references. Of particular interest are the long exchanges of letters with Hans Bethe (MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.15-MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.19), Niels Bohr (MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.29-MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.36), Nevill Mott (MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.213-MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.218) and Wolfgang Pauli (MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.234-MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.240), as well as the shorter correspondence with Max Born, R.H. Fowler, Werner Heisenberg, Lev Landau, George Placzek, Robert Oppenheimer and others. Peierls has drafted or approved the descriptive entries for these principal correspondents or collaborators of his earlier years.

In addition, the correspondence shows the activity and international reputation of Peierls's departments at Birmingham and, after 1963, at Oxford. His concern for the selection, scientific progress, pastoral care and subsequent career of his research students is constantly in evidence.


Correspondence (A)
Date: 1959-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.1
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.1

Scope and Content:
  • Akobjanoff, Lev, 1965
  • Allcock, G. R., 1974
  • Allibone, Thomas Edward, 1963-1964
  • Apostolakis, A. J. (Peierls's carbon only), 1961
  • Austern, Norman, 1959-1962

Correspondence (A)
Date: 1959-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.2
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.2

Scope and Content:
  • Aitchison, Ian Johnstone Rhind

Correspondence (A)
Date: 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.3
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.3

Scope and Content:
  • Atkinson, D.

Correspondence (A)
Date: 1961, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.4
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.4

Scope and Content:
  • Aughtie, Frank

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1957-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.5
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.5

Scope and Content:
  • Baldin, Aleksander Mikhajlovich

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1970-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.6
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.6

Scope and Content:
  • Barrett, Roger, 1971-1972
  • Berggren, Tore, 1970

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1951, 1956-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.7
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.7

Scope and Content:
  • Bardeen, John

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1947-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.8
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.8

Scope and Content:
  • Barker, Fred C.

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1949-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.9
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.9

Scope and Content:
  • Barschall, H. H. (Peierls's carbon only), 1949
  • Batchelor, George Keith, 1968
  • Bates, David Robert, 1949
  • Baynes, Tom Hamilton, 1950

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1949-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.10
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.10

Scope and Content:
  • Beck, Guido, 1951, 1961
  • Belinfante, F. J., 1949
Related Material:

(See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.274)



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1958-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.11
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.11

Scope and Content:
  • Bég, Mirza Abdul Baqi

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1951-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.12
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.12

Scope and Content:
  • Bell, John Stewart

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1936, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.13
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.13

Scope and Content:
  • Berg, W. F. (1936 correspondence in German)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1932, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.14
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.14

Scope and Content:
  • Berliner, Arnold, (in German), 1932
  • Berthelot, A. 1947

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1927-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.15
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.15

Scope and Content:
  • Bethe, Hans Albrecht, (in German)

Note

Bethe and Peierls were fellow students in Munich in 1926-1928 and became friends. They were together in Manchester in 1933-1934, and in Los Alamos in 1944-1945. The correspondence is about physics, mutual visits and invitations to colleagues, and about personal affairs. Early letters are in German, and all are full of obscure references to private jokes, to quotations from anecdotes, etc. The sequence of letters is not complete.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1946-1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.16
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.16

Scope and Content:
  • Bethe, Hans Albrecht

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1950-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.17
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.17

Scope and Content:
  • Bethe, Hans Albrecht

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1954-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.18
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.18

Scope and Content:
  • Bethe, Hans Albrecht

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1964-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.19
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.19

Scope and Content:
  • Bethe, Hans Albrecht

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1937, 1946, 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.20
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.20

Scope and Content:
  • Bhabha, Homi Jehangir

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1930-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.21
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.21

Scope and Content:
  • Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart

Correspondence regarding scientific work: 'Pauli's suggestion about "neutrons"' (now called 'neutrinos') (1930-1931); Blackett's papers sent to Peierls for his comments (1936-1937). The file includes a set of notes and calculations (in Peierls's hand) on 'Blackett paper I' and one page (in Blackett's hand) of notes on 'scale drawing of chamber with counters'.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1946
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.22
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.22

Scope and Content:
  • Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart

Correspondence regarding the Atomic Scientists' Association, especially relating to a proposed statement to be issued by the Council on the international control of atomic weapons.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1947-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.23
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.23

Scope and Content:
  • Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart

Correspondence regarding the Atomic Scientists' Association conferences, scientific matters, and Blackett's book Military and Political Consequences of Atomic Energy.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1938-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.24
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.24

Scope and Content:
  • Blackman, Moses, 1938-1939
  • Blatt, John, 1953
  • Bleaney, Brebis (Peierls's carbon only), 1958

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1953-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.25
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.25

Scope and Content:
  • Blin-Stoyle, Roger John

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1950-1952, 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.26
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.26

Scope and Content:
  • Bloch, Claude (Peierls carbon only)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1931, 1948-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.27
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.27

Scope and Content:
  • Bloch, Felix (1931 letter in German)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1946-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.28
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.28

Scope and Content:
  • Blokhintzev, D. I. (in Russian)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1936-1937
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.29
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.29

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David, (In German)

Note

Peierls visited Bohr in Copenhagen repeatedly for conferences or just for consultation. The first visit was probably in 1931. The letters are about physics, about the troubles that L.D. Landau was having, and about arrangements for mutual visits.

About 1938 Bohr, Peierls and Placzek (who then spent much of his time in Copenhagen) discussed nuclear reactions and reached conclusions which were to be embodied in a joint paper. Drafts of portions of this paper were discussed in Copenhagen, on visits by Placzek to Birmingham, and by letter.

No satisfactory version had been arrived of when the war interrupted communications. Various drafts had, however, been shown or given to many other physicists so that the 'paper' was frequently cited - probably the most frequently cited unpublished, indeed unwritten, paper. After the war, there were further attempts to agree on a text, but they were finally abandoned.

Correspondence after 1946 (MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.32-MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.36) is addressed to, and signed by, 'Uncle Nick'. This refers to Bohr's nom de guerre Nicholas Baker, under which he travelled and worked during the Second World War. His older colleagues and friends adopted the name permanently in their subsequent dealings with him. Bohr's son, Aage, who escaped to England with him in the war, was known as James Baker, or Jim.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.22, MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.9, MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.46 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.245 for other references to or correspondence about this paper.



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1938
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.30
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.30

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David, (Some of Peierls's letters are in German)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.31
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.31

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1946-1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.32
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.32

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David

Includes an abstract of an address by Bohr at the Physical Society Conference in Cambridge in the summer of 1946 on 'Problems of Elementary Particle Physics'.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1949-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.33
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.33

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David

Includes a typescript of Bohr's 'Tentative Comments on Atomic and Nuclear Constitution, 15-8-49'.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1954-1956, 1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.34
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.34

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David

Correspondence (B)
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.35
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.35

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David

Various typescript drafts of the Bohr-Peierls-Placzek paper; none are dated:

  • 29-page typescript (top copy)
  • 5-page carbon of typescript
  • 6-page typescript (top copy) titled 'Evaluation of Dispersion Formula'
  • 2-page carbon of typescript
Related Material:

(See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.245, which contains another draft.)



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1962-1963, 1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.36
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.36

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Niels Henrik David

Correspondence regarding various memoirs of Bohr.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.68.



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1958-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.37
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.37

Scope and Content:
  • Bohr, Aage (Peierls's carbon only), 1958
  • Bowen, Richard A., 1960
  • Boya, Luis J., 1970-1973

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1959-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.38
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.38

Scope and Content:
  • Bonnevay, Georges
Related Material:

(See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.15)



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1952-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.39
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.39

Scope and Content:
  • Boon, Michael H.

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1948-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.40
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.40

Scope and Content:
  • Bopp, Fritz (some letters in German)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1936-1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.41
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.41

Scope and Content:
  • Born, Max
Related Material:

(See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.140, MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.12, MS. Eng. misc. b. 219 /D.14 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18)



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1950-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.42
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.42

Scope and Content:
  • Born, Max
Related Material:

(See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.140, MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.12, MS. Eng. misc. b. 219 /D.14 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18)



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1937-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.43
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.43

Scope and Content:
  • Bragg, William Lawrence

Peierls spent the academic years 1933-1935 in Bragg's department at Manchester. One exchange of letters in 1937 relates to problems in which both had then been interested. The rest are about an invitation to Fermi (1947) (unsuccessful) and about participants to a Solvay Conference in 1953.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1951-1959, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.44
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.44

Scope and Content:
  • Brailsford, Alan David

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1957-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.45
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.45

Scope and Content:
  • Brandow, Baird H.

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1952-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.46
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.46

Scope and Content:
  • Breit, Gregory, 1964, 1968
  • Brodie, Laird C., 1967 (see also Takeo, M., MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.297)
  • Brueckner, Keith A., 1952, 1954, 1957
  • Burton, W. Keith, 1952

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1951-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.47
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.47

Scope and Content:
  • Brenner, Sheila (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.51

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1936, 1945, 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.48
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.48

Scope and Content:
  • Brentano, John C. M. (1936 letter is in German)

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1950-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.49
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.49

Scope and Content:
  • Bretscher, Egon

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1950-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.50
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.50

Scope and Content:
  • Brode, Robert B.

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1949-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.51
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.51

Scope and Content:
  • Brown, Gerald Edward

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1955-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.52
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.52

Scope and Content:
  • Brown, Gerald Edward

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1960-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.53
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.53

Scope and Content:
  • Brown, Gerald Edward

Includes typescripts of 2 papers by Brown and collaborators, and a typescript of an obituary notice of H.W.B. Skinner by Peierls for publication in 'Nuclear Physics'.


Correspondence (B)
Date: 1946-1951, 1965, 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.54
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.54

Scope and Content:
  • Burhop, Eric Henry Stoneley

Includes correspondence regarding the Atomic Scientists' Association, of which Burhop served as secretary, and its publicity, press statements, and officers.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.22-MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.23 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8.



Correspondence (B)
Date: 1960-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.55
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.55

Scope and Content:
  • Burke, Joseph Terence Anthony

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1948-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.56
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.56

Scope and Content:
  • Butler, Stuart T.

Correspondence (B)
Date: 1956-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.57
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.57

Scope and Content:
  • Byers, Nina

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1945, 1950, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.58
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.58

Scope and Content:
  • Casimir, Hendrik Brugt Gerhard, (1945 letter in German)

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1952-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.59
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.59

Scope and Content:
  • Cassels, James Macdonald
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.66.



Correspondence (C)
Date: 1935, 1948-1949, 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.60
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.60

Scope and Content:
  • Chadwick, James
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.65



Correspondence (C)
Date: 1955-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.61
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.61

Scope and Content:
  • Chan, Hong-Mo

Includes drafts of papers.


Correspondence (C)
Date: 1961-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.62
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.62

Scope and Content:
  • Chan, Hong-Mo

Includes drafts of papers.


Correspondence (C)
Date: 1964-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.63
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.63

Scope and Content:
Scope and Content:
  • Chisholm, J. S. Roy

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1950-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.64
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.64

Scope and Content:
  • Chrétien, Max, (1950-1952 correspondence in German)

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1949, 1953-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.65
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.65

Scope and Content:
  • Clementel, Ezio

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1938-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.66
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.66

Scope and Content:
  • Cockcroft, John Douglas, 1938 (Peierls's carbon only)
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.59.



Correspondence (C)
Date: 1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.67
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.67

Scope and Content:
  • Cockcroft, John Douglas

Includes programme and papers relating to 'Symposium upon Machines for High Energy Physics in U.K.' Harwell, 13 May 1955, and copies of letters from British physicists in response to enquiry by UKAEA regarding the high energy particle accelerator programme, 1955.


Correspondence (C)
Date: 1956-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.68
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.68

Scope and Content:
  • Cockcroft, John Douglas

Includes a copy of draft notes by Peierls for a panel talk at MIT on 'The Future of The Physical Sciences' 1961 (Cockcroft was also a member of the panel).

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.36.



Correspondence (C)
Date: 1946-1947, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.69
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.69

Scope and Content:
  • Coleman, Kenneth Ray

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1948-1952, 1964, 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.70
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.70

Scope and Content:
  • Coulson, Charles Alfred

Correspondence (C)
Date: 1940-1965, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.71
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.71

Scope and Content:
  • Cade, R., 1949
  • Di Castro, Carlo, 1965
  • Champion, Frank Clive, 1947
  • Chapman, Sydney, 1940
  • Corben, Herbert S., 1953
  • Cottrell, Alan Howard, n.d.

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1947-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.72
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.72

Scope and Content:
  • Delves, L. M., 1960, 1966
  • Dick, B. G., 1954
  • Domb, Cyril, 1947, 1951

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1956-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.73
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.73

Scope and Content:
  • Dabrowski, Janusz Karol

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1946
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.74
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.74

Scope and Content:
  • Dale, W. M.

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1949-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.75
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.75

Scope and Content:
  • Dalitz, Richard Henry

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1947, 1950-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.76
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.76

Scope and Content:
  • Davison, Boris

The 1947 letter is Peierls's carbon only. Includes correspondence with Harwell and with Chalk River and correspondence with colleagues after Davison's sudden death in 1961. There is an obituary of Davison by W.H. Watson as published in Nature.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.66.



Correspondence (D)
Date: 1954-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.77
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.77

Scope and Content:
  • Dee, Anne

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1938-1939, 1948-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.78
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.78

Scope and Content:
  • Dee, Philip Ivor

All letters except that of 1948 are Peierls's carbons only.


Correspondence (D)
Date: 1948-1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.79
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.79

Scope and Content:
  • Deutsch, Martin

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1965-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.80
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.80

Scope and Content:
  • Diamond, Witold B.

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.81
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.81

Scope and Content:
  • Dingle, Robert Balson

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1939, 1948-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.82
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.82

Scope and Content:

Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.22.



Correspondence (D)
Date: 1953-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.83
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.83

Scope and Content:
  • De Dominicis, Cyrano Tullio

Correspondence (D)
Date: 1946-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.84
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.84

Scope and Content:

Dyson, Freeman John


Correspondence (D)
Date: 1955-1956, 1960-1963, 1973-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.85
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.85

Scope and Content:

Dyson, Freeman John


Correspondence (E)
Date: 1947-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.86
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.86

Scope and Content:
  • Eden, Richard John, 1956
  • Eliezer, C. Jayam, 1947-1948, 1951
  • Elliot, J. P., 1957
  • Evans, Robley, D., 1949

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1936-1938, 1942, 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.87
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.87

Scope and Content:
  • Easthope, Colin E.

Easthope was Peierls's first research student in Cambridge.


Correspondence (E)
Date: 1950-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.88
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.88

Scope and Content:
  • Edmonds, Alan R.

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1952-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.89
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.89

Scope and Content:
  • Edwards, Samuel Frederick

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1955-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.90
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.90

Scope and Content:
  • Edwards, Samuel Frederick

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1946-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.91
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.91

Scope and Content:
  • Ehrenberg, W.

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.92
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.92

Scope and Content:
  • Ehrenfest, Paul (in German)

Ehrenfest had published a paper 'Some queries concerning the foundations of quantum mechanics'. The file contains a letter from Peierls giving his views as to the answers, a reply from Ehrenfest asking that some of the answers be expanded and suggesting that Peierls publish his views. A further letter from Peierls discussed the points Ehrenfest had raised. He did not publish anything on this because he found that Pauli had published a reply to Ehrenfest which largely overlapped with his own ideas.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.16.



Correspondence (E)
Date: 1955, 1965, 1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.93
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.93

Scope and Content:
  • Elton, Lewis Richard Benjamin

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1960-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.94
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.94

Scope and Content:
  • Emery, Victor J.

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1957-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.95
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.95

Scope and Content:
  • Evans, James Anthony

Correspondence (E)
Date: 1946-1949, 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.96
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.96

Scope and Content:
  • Ewald, Paul Peter

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1939-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.97
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.97

Scope and Content:
  • Fankuchen, Isidor (Peierls's carbon only), 1939
  • Feenberg, E. (Peierls's carbon only), 1939
  • Follett, David Henry, 1947
  • Fowler, G. N. 1952, 1964

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1950-1960, 1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.98
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.98

Scope and Content:
  • Fairbairn, Walter M.

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1936, 1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.99
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.99

Scope and Content:
  • Fermi, Enrico (1936 letter is in Italian)

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1946-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.100
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.100

Scope and Content:
  • Ferretti, Bruno

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1937, 1958-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.101
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.101

Scope and Content:
  • Fierz, M. (Fierz's letters are in German)

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1950-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.102
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.102

Scope and Content:
  • Flowers, Brian Hilton

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1955-1956, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.103
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.103

Scope and Content:
  • Flowers, Brian Hilton

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1930-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.104
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.104

Scope and Content:
  • Fock, V. (in German)

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1937-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.105
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.105

Scope and Content:
  • Fowler, Ralph Howard
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.146.



Correspondence (F)
Date: 1950-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.106
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.106

Scope and Content:
  • Franz, Walter (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.264), 1950
  • Fremlin, John H., 1968, 1971
  • French, A. P. (Peierls's carbon only), 1954
  • Friedel, J., 1965
  • Fulbright, H. W., 1951

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1951, 1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.107
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.107

Scope and Content:
  • Frank, Frederick Charles (1957 letter is Peierls's carbon only)

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1946-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.108
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.108

Scope and Content:
  • Frenkel, J.

Includes a copy of a telegram to R.H. Fowler from Frenkel, n.d.


Correspondence (F)
Date: 1947-1954, 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.109
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.109

Scope and Content:
  • Frisch, Otto Robert

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1937, 1947-1962, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.110
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.110

Scope and Content:
  • Fröhlich, Herbert (the 1937 letter is in German)

Correspondence (F)
Date: 1947, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.111
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.111

Scope and Content:
  • Fuchs, Klaus

The 1947 letters are Peierls's carbons only. The 1950 correspondence is with Fuch's friends and advisers.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.16 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 205/C.66.



Correspondence (G)
Date: 1948-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.112
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.112

Scope and Content:
  • Gallop, J. W., 1949
  • Gentner, Wolfgang (in German), 1948, 1951
  • George, E. P., 1951
  • Gifford, R. D., 1959

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1941-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.113
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.113

Scope and Content:
  • Gabor, Dennis

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1946-1947, 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.114
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.114

Scope and Content:
  • Gamow, George (Russian and English)

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1945-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.115
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.115

Scope and Content:
  • Gardner, John William

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1955-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.116
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.116

Scope and Content:
  • Gardner, John William

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1968-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.117
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.117

Scope and Content:
  • Garrido, Luis Maria

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1956-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.118
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.118

Scope and Content:
  • Geoghegan, Gerald R. H.

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1948-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.119
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.119

Scope and Content:
  • Glueckauf, Eugen (Peierls's carbon only), 1948
  • Goldsack, Stephen J., 1951
  • Gorter, C. J., 1962
  • Goward, F. K., 1949, 1954
  • Grossman, Shlomit 1972

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1936
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.120
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.120

Scope and Content:
  • Goodeve, Charles Frederick

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1956-1963, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.121
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.121

Scope and Content:
  • Green, Anthony M.

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1953-1958, 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.122
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.122

Scope and Content:
  • Greenwood, Derek A.

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1949-1950, 1952, 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.123
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.123

Scope and Content:
  • Günther, Marian (some letters in German)

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1947, 1949-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.124
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.124

Scope and Content:
  • Gustafson, Torsten

Correspondence (G)
Date: 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.125
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.125

Scope and Content:
  • Gutmann, Felix

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1935-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.126
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.126

Scope and Content:
  • De Haas, W. J., 1935
  • Hall, Henry Edgar, 1971
  • Hamza, A. M., 1972
  • Hardy, Robert J., 1967

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1949-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.127
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.127

Scope and Content:
  • Ter Haar, Dirk

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1963, 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.128
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.128

Scope and Content:
  • Ter Haar, Dirk

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1956-1958, 1962, 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.129
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.129

Scope and Content:
  • Haering, Rudolph R.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1947-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.130
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.130

Scope and Content:
  • Halban, Hans von
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.18.



Correspondence (H)
Date: 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.131
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.131

Scope and Content:
  • Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1954, 1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.132
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.132

Scope and Content:
  • Hamilton, James

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1949-1957, 1959-1960, 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.133
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.133

Scope and Content:
  • Harper, Philip George

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1959-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.134
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.134

Scope and Content:
  • Harrison, Michael J.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1947-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.135
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.135

Scope and Content:
  • Hartree, Douglas Rayner
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.47 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.51.



Correspondence (H)
Date: 1952-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.136
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.136

Scope and Content:
  • Hartree, Douglas Rayner
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.47 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.51.



Correspondence (H)
Date: 1934-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.137
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.137

Scope and Content:
  • Haslett, A. W., 1947
  • Hillman, P., 1956
  • Hogben, Lancelot, 1946
  • Houtermans, Mrs. (in German), 1934
  • Howlett, Jack, 1948, 1954

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1930, 1931, 1935, 1948, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.138
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.138

Scope and Content:
  • Heisenberg, Werner (all of Heisenberg's letters are in German)

Some early letters in German about physics - mostly about the quantum theory of the electromagnetic field then developed by Heisenberg and Pauli. This includes two letters from Heisenberg to Pauli, which were passed to Peierls for comment.

The file also includes correspondence in 1948 during Heisenberg's visit to England, about a visit to Birmingham which was arranged but had to be cancelled. In Peierls's letter of 11 February 1948 there is a reference to a memorandum by Peierls 'Our relations with the German scientists' which was enclosed, but there is no copy of this (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.12).

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.21, MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.234 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.14.



Correspondence (H)
Date: 1937, 1946-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.139
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.139

Scope and Content:
  • Heitler, Walter Heinrich (1937 letters are in German)

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1940-1942, 1946-1947, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.140
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.140

Scope and Content:
  • Hepner, Wolfgang A.

Includes carbons of Peierls's letters to Born, 1940.


Correspondence (H)
Date: 1959-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.141
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.141

Scope and Content:
  • Herbut, Fedor

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1950-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.142
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.142

Scope and Content:
  • Herivel, J. W. J.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1958-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.143
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.143

Scope and Content:
  • Hodgson, Peter E.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1953-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.144
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.144

Scope and Content:
  • Hofstadter, Robert

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1953, 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.145
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.145

Scope and Content:
  • Horton, George K.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1936-1939, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.146
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.146

Scope and Content:
  • Hoyle, Fred

Hoyle started research work under Peierls shortly before Peierls moved from Cambridge to Birmingham in 1937. The record does not show whether Peierls was his official Ph.D. supervisor after the move, but he worked under Peierls's guidance, hitch-hiking to Birmingham when necessary for consultation. There is correspondence from that period, and also later in connection with a joint paper, and, in 1947, comments on a paper by C. Domb. The sequence is not complete and most of Hoyle's letters are not dated.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 206/C.105.



Correspondence (H)
Date: 1947-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.147
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.147

Scope and Content:
  • Hu, Ning, 1947-1948
  • Hughes, D. J., 1954
  • Humphreys, C. J., 1968
  • Hund, F. (in German) (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.10), 1960

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1948-1952, 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.148
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.148

Scope and Content:
  • Huby, R.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1937-1940
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.149
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.149

Scope and Content:
  • Huck, R. J.

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1946-1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.150
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.150

Scope and Content:
  • Hulthén, Lamek

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1948, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.151
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.151

Scope and Content:
  • Humblet, J. (in French)

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1938, 1942-1943, 1947, 1958, 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.152
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.152

Scope and Content:
  • Hume-Rothery, William

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1959-1964, 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.153
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.153

Scope and Content:
  • Husain, Delawar

Correspondence (H)
Date: 1966, 1970-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.154
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.154

Scope and Content:
  • Hussain, Zahur

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1935-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.155
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.155

Scope and Content:
  • Jackson, J. David, 1949
  • Japolsky, N. S., 1962
  • Jastrow, Robert, 1949
  • Jeffreys, Bertha, 1950
  • Johnson, Derek F., 1951
  • Jordan, P. (in German), 1935

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.156
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.156

Scope and Content:
  • Jackson, Daphne F.

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1946-1953, 1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.157
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.157

Scope and Content:
  • Jahn, Hermann Arthur

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1953-1959, 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.158
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.158

Scope and Content:
  • Jenkins, Richard C. L.

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1961, 1969-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.159
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.159

Scope and Content:
  • Jonah, Daniel A.

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1946, 1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.160
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.160

Scope and Content:
  • Jones, Harry (1955 letter is Peierls's carbon only)

Correspondence (J)
Date: 1948, 1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.161
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.161

Scope and Content:
  • Jones, Reginald Victor

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1961-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.162
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.162

Scope and Content:
  • Kahn, Herman, 1961
  • Kapitza, Peter Leonidovich, 1971
  • Kastler, A., 1974

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1956-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.163
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.163

Scope and Content:
  • Kabir, Prabahan Kemal

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1953-1956, 1959-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.164
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.164

Scope and Content:
  • Kanellopoulos, Themistoklis V.
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.15.



Correspondence (K)
Date: 1937-1939, 1946
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.165
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.165

Scope and Content:
  • Kapur, P. L.

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1965-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.166
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.166

Scope and Content:
  • Kerley, Gerald I., 1973
  • Kerr, Alexander O., 1969
  • Kettle, S. F. A., 1965

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1938, 1946, 1948-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.167
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.167

Scope and Content:
  • Kemmer, Nicholas

The 1938 letter, in German, Peierls's carbon only.


Correspondence (K)
Date: 1955-1958, 1960-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.168
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.168

Scope and Content:
  • Kemmer, Nicholas

This folder contains correspondence regarding Peierls's external examining for Edinburgh and Kemmer's external examining for Birmingham.


Correspondence (K)
Date: 1939-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.169
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.169

Scope and Content:
  • King, D. T., 1950
  • Klemperer, O., 1947
  • Kober, H. 1939

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1953-1958, 1968, 1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.170
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.170

Scope and Content:
  • Kim, Young-Nok

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1949, 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.171
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.171

Scope and Content:
  • Klein, Oskar

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1949-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.172
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.172

Scope and Content:
  • Klemens, Paul G.

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1953, 1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.173
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.173

Scope and Content:
  • Kopal, Zdenek

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1946-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.174
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.174

Scope and Content:
  • Kramers, H. A., 1951-1955
  • Krans, R. L., 1966
  • Krishnan, Kariamanikkam Srinivasa, 1946, 1953
  • Kronig, R. de L., 1946-1947

The 1951 Kramers letter is a copy of a letter by Kramers to the Director-General of UNESCO. His other correspondence is regarding a collection of Kramer's letters and a proposed memorial volume.


Correspondence (K)
Date: 1946-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.175
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.175

Scope and Content:
  • Krook, Max

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1955-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.176
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.176

Scope and Content:
  • Kuper, Charles Goethe

Correspondence (K)
Date: 1949-1952, 1955-1957, 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 209/C.177
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.177

Scope and Content:
  • Kynch, George James
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.266.



Correspondence (L)
Date: 1956-1974, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.178
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.178

Scope and Content:
  • Lamb, Willis Eugene, 1956, n.d.
  • Lejcek, Lubor, 1969
  • Van Leuven, Piet, 1972, 1974

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1930, 1950, 1955-1958, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.179
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.179

Scope and Content:
  • Landau, Lev Davydovich (in German, Russian and English)

Landau was in Zürich for a short time in the autumn of 1929, and again in the winter of 1930-1931. On each occasion Landau and Peierls wrote a joint paper. There is correspondence about the first of these. Some later casual correspondence concerns in part possible visits, points arising from a conference in Moscow in 1956, about translation of books, and a proposed honorary degree for Landau in Birmingham. The 1968 correspondence is about Landau's death and the obituary notices in journals.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.30 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.265



Correspondence (L)
Date: 1951-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.180
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.180

Scope and Content:
  • Lane, Anthony Milner

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1955-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.181
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.181

Scope and Content:
  • Langer, James S.

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1955-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.182
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.182

Scope and Content:
  • Lascoux, Jean

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1952-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.183
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.183

Scope and Content:
  • Le Couteur, K. J.

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1961-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.184
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.184

Scope and Content:
  • Leon, Melvin

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1956-1961, 1971-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.185
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.185

Scope and Content:
  • Levinger, Joseph S.

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1952-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.186
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.186

Scope and Content:
  • Lidiard, Alan Brian, 1952, 1966
  • Lipkin, Harry J., 1957, 1961
  • Lippmann, Bernard A., 1966

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1953-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.187
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.187

Scope and Content:
  • Lieb, Elliott Hershel

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1949-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.188
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.188

Scope and Content:
  • Lindhard, Jens

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1958-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.189
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.189

Scope and Content:
  • Ljolje, K., 1963
  • Lüders, G. (in German), 1965
  • Luscombe, J., 1974
  • Lyttleton, Raymond Arthur (Peierls's carbon only), 1958

Correspondence (L)
Date: 1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.190
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.190

Scope and Content:
  • Lucas, S.

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1971-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.191
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.191

Scope and Content:
  • McIntyre, M. E., 1974
  • McQuillan, Alan D., 1971

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1948-1950, 1955, 1959-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.192
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.192

Scope and Content:
  • MacDonald, David Keith Chalmers

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1954-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.193
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.193

Scope and Content:
  • McLean, Thomas Pearson

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1939-1940, 1945-1956, 1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.194
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.194

Scope and Content:
  • McManus, Hugh

McManus was Peierls's first research student at Birmingham University.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1953-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.195
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.195

Scope and Content:
  • Mandelstam, Stanley

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1959-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.196
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.196

Scope and Content:
  • March, Norman Henry

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1956-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.197
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.197

Scope and Content:
  • Marshak, Robert E.

Includes correspondence regarding a 60th birthday volume for Hans Bethe, 1965-1966.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1952-1957, 1961-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.198
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.198

Scope and Content:
  • Marshall, Walter Charles

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1955-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.199
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.199

Scope and Content:
  • Martin, Paul C.

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1947-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.200
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.200

Scope and Content:
  • Mason, Ronald (Peierls's carbon only), 1974
  • Mazo, Robert M., 1967
  • Menzel, Donald H., 1949-1950
  • Meyerhof, W. E., 1947
  • Mitra, Asoke N., 1960-1961
  • Moszkowski, Steven A., 1957
  • Motz, Hans, 1963
  • Mummery, Peter W., 1957

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1951-1957, 1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.201
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.201

Scope and Content:
  • Matthews, Paul Taunton

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1961-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.202
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.202

Scope and Content:
  • Mehta, Naren

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1939, 1948, 1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.203
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.203

Scope and Content:
  • Meitner, Lise (in German and English)

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1936
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.204
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.204

Scope and Content:
  • Meksyn, D.

Includes a letter on his work on infinite integrals from Meksyn to R.H. Fowler, which Fowler passed to Peierls.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1936
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.205
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.205

Scope and Content:
  • Mendelssohn, Kurt (in German)

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.206
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.206

Scope and Content:
  • Mercier, Raymond P.

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1961-1962, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.207
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.207

Scope and Content:
  • Mermin, N. David

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1939, 1947, 1952, 1956, 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.208
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.208

Scope and Content:
  • Møller, C. (1939 correspondence in German)

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1957-1962, 1967-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.209
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.209

Scope and Content:
  • Mondragón, Alfonso B.

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1950, 1959, 1973-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.210
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.210

Scope and Content:
  • Moon, Philip Burton

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1949-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.211
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.211

Scope and Content:
  • Moorhouse, Robert Gordon

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1956-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.212
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.212

Scope and Content:
  • Moshinsky, Marcos

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1936-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.213
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.213

Scope and Content:
  • Mott, Nevill Francis

Includes a typescript by Mott of 'Discussion of the paper by de Boer and Verwey' and manuscript notes by Peierls on the same topic.

General note: In addition to scientific correspondence, the Mott folders contain many letters dealing with the affairs of the Atomic Scientists' Association. This correspondence should be read in conjunction with that found in MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1946-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.214
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.214

Scope and Content:
  • Mott, Nevill Francis

Includes a copy of a letter from Niels Bohr to Mott (15 March 1946) regarding a new journal for physics; much of the correspondence in this file concerns this proposal.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1951-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.215
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.215

Scope and Content:
  • Mott, Nevill Francis

Much of the correspondence concerns the refereeing and communication of papers for the Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1953-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.216
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.216

Scope and Content:
  • Mott, Nevill Francis

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1957-1961, 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.217
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.217

Scope and Content:
  • Mott, Nevill Francis

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1964-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.218
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.218

Scope and Content:
  • Mott, Nevill Francis

Includes correspondence regarding proposed summer schools for solid state research students in British universities.


Correspondence (M)
Date: 1950-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.219
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.219

Scope and Content:
  • Moyal, J. E.

Correspondence (M)
Date: 1962-1963, 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.220
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.220

Scope and Content:
  • Murphy, George Eugene

Correspondence (N)
Date: 1946-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.221
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.221

Scope and Content:
  • Nabarro, Frank Reginald Nunes

Correspondence (N)
Date: 1955-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.222
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.222

Scope and Content:
  • Nabarro, Frank Reginald Nunes

Correspondence (N)
Date: 1960-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.223
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.223

Scope and Content:
  • Nakano, Husio

Correspondence (N)
Date: 1954-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.224
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.224

Scope and Content:
  • Newton, Roger G., 1959-1960
  • Novakovic, Ljubisav, 1972
  • Nussbaum, R. H., 1954

Correspondence (N)
Date: 1950-1955, 1960-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.225
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.225

Scope and Content:
  • Noyes, Henry Pierre

Correspondence (O)
Date: 1957-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.226
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.226

Scope and Content:
  • Oliphant, Mark, 1973
  • Oneda, S., 1957
  • Owen, David, 1965

Correspondence (O)
Date: 1946-1955, 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.227
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.227

Scope and Content:
  • Oppenheimer, J. Robert

Includes correspondence regarding arrangements for Peierls's sabbatical term at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1952.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.19, MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.22, MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.9, and MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18.



Correspondence (O)
Date: 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.228
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.228

Scope and Content:
  • Oppenheimer, J. Robert

Correspondence regarding a memorial to Oppenheimer.


Correspondence (O)
Date: 1941, 1946, 1950, 1961, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.229
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.229

Scope and Content:
  • Orowan, Egon

Includes a typescript of a patent application on an 'aiming device, especially for anti-aircraft artillery', 1941, and a 3-page draft titled 'The origin and spacing of slip bands'.


Correspondence (P)
Date: 1947-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.230
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.230

Scope and Content:
  • Pais, Abraham

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1949-1951, 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.231
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.231

Scope and Content:
  • Paneth, Heinz Rudolf (now H.R. Post)

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1946-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.232
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.232

Scope and Content:
  • Papapetrou, A., 1951
  • Peshkin, Murray, 1960
  • Peters, Bernard (Peierls's carbon only), 1949
  • Pike, E. R., 1966
  • Pincherle, Leo, 1946, 1948
  • Plaskett, Harry Hemley, 1951

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1959-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.233
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.233

Scope and Content:
  • Paton, Jack Ellis

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1930-1937
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.234
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.234

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Includes postcard from Heisenberg to Pauli (Feb. 1940); see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.138).

General note: Peierls was Pauli's student in the summer of 1929, and assistant from October 1929 to summer of 1932. Early letters are mostly about physics during Pauli's absences from Zürich. Later exchanges of letters about physics (and occasionally about visits) continued.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.22, MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.265, MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.322, and MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.16.



Correspondence (P)
Date: Mar-Dec 1938
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.235
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.235

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Correspondence (P)
Date: Feb-Jul 1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.236
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.236

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Correspondence (P)
Date: Aug-Oct 1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.237
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.237

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Correspondence (P)
Date: Jan-Mar 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.238
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.238

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1955-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.239
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.239

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1959-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.240
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.240

Scope and Content:
  • Pauli, Wolfgang

Correspondence regarding Peierls's obituary notice of Pauli in Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, Vol.5, 1959 and his contribution to the Pauli Memorial Volume.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.10.



Correspondence (P)
Date: 1946-1947, 1950; 1952, 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.241
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.241

Scope and Content:
  • Penney, William George

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1953-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.242
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.242

Scope and Content:
  • Perks, Maurice A.

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1946-1947, 1950; 1954-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.243
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.243

Scope and Content:
  • Perrin, Michael Willcox
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8.



Correspondence (P)
Date: 1947, 1949
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.244
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.244

Scope and Content:
  • Pinl, Max (1947 letter in German)

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1937-1939, 1947-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.245
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.245

Scope and Content:
  • Placzek, George (1937-1939 letters are in German)

Includes a typescript draft of a Bohr-Peierls-Placzek paper.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.29-MS. Eng. misc. b. 203/C.36, MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.12, and MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8.



Correspondence (P)
Date: 1949-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.246
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.246

Scope and Content:
  • Podolanski, J., 1952
  • Pool, M. L., 1949
  • Pound, R. V., 1959
  • Price, Peter J., 1951-1952
  • Pursey, D. L., 1952, 1958

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1941, 1946, 1954-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.247
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.247

Scope and Content:
  • Polanyi, Michael

Includes a carbon of Polanyi's paper 'Electric dipoles and electrically induced resonance' sent to Peierls for comment.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8.



Correspondence (P)
Date: 1954-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.248
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.248

Scope and Content:
  • Polkinghorne, John Charlton

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.249
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.249

Scope and Content:
  • Popper, Karl Raimund (one letter only)

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1948-1954, 1959, 1964, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 212/C.250
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.250

Scope and Content:
  • Powell, Cecil Frank
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.16.



Correspondence (P)
Date: 1946-1958, 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.251
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.251

Scope and Content:
  • Preston, Melvin A.

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1947-1948, 1950-1953, 1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.252
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.252

Scope and Content:
  • Proca, Alexandre
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.267.



Correspondence (P)
Date: 1962-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.253
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.253

Scope and Content:
  • Da Providencia, J.

Correspondence (P)
Date: 1937-1939, 1948-1955, 1961, 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.254
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.254

Scope and Content:
  • Pryce, Maurice Henry Lecorney

Correspondence (Q)
Date: 1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.255
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.255

Scope and Content:
  • Quimby, S. L.

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1948-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.256
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.256

Scope and Content:
  • Radcliffe, John M.

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1951-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.257
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.257

Scope and Content:
  • Radicati, Luigi A.

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.258
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.258

Scope and Content:
  • Raman, Chandrasekhara Venkata

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1967-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.259
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.259

Scope and Content:
  • Ramanna, R.

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1935-1957, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.260
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.260

Scope and Content:
  • Ramsey, Norman Foster, 1951, 1955
  • Rasetti, Franco (in German), 1935
  • Raven, J. M., 1957
  • Rohrlich, Fritz, 1952
  • Rosenberg, Harold M., 1954
  • Ross, Alan Strode Campbell, n.d.

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1947-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.261
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.261

Scope and Content:
  • Ravenhall, David Geoffrey

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1951, 1953-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.262
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.262

Scope and Content:
  • Rayski, Jerzy

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1952-1954, 1958-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.263
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.263

Scope and Content:
  • Redmond, Peter J.

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1947-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.264
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.264

Scope and Content:
  • Rosbaud, Paul

Includes much editorial correspondence when Rosbaud was associated with various publishing firms.


Correspondence (R)
Date: 1953-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.265
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.265

Scope and Content:
  • Rosbaud, Paul

Includes much editorial correspondence when Rosbaud was associated with various publishing firms.


Correspondence (R)
Date: 1938-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.266
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.266

Scope and Content:
  • Rosenfeld, Léon

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1955-1957, 1960, 1962-1963, 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.267
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.267

Scope and Content:
  • Rosenfeld, Léon

Includes editorial correspondence when Rosenfeld was an editor of Nuclear Physics.


Correspondence (R)
Date: 1947-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.268
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.268

Scope and Content:
  • Rosenhead, Louis

Correspondence (R)
Date: 1946-1948, 1950, 1953-1957, 1959, 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.269
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.269

Scope and Content:
  • Rotblat, Joseph
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b.223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8.



Correspondence (R)
Date: 1948-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 213/C.270
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.270

Scope and Content:
  • Rzewuski, Jan Feliks

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1948-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.271
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.271

Scope and Content:
  • Saha, M. N., 1951
  • Salem, Lionel, 1961
  • Schafroth, M. R., 1954
  • Schonland, Basil Ferdinand Jamieson, 1956
  • Secord, Campbell, 1948

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1950, 1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.272
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.272

Scope and Content:
  • Salam, Abdus

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1955-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.273
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.273

Scope and Content:
  • Salam, Abdus
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 210/C.189.



Correspondence (S)
Date: 1946-1953, 1958-1959, 1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.274
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.274

Scope and Content:
  • Salpeter, Edwin Ernest

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1953-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.275
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.275

Scope and Content:
  • Schaefer, Glen W.

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1948-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.276
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.276

Scope and Content:
  • Schonland, David

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1955-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.277
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.277

Scope and Content:
  • Schultz, Theodore David

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1948, 1950, 1960, 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.278
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.278

Scope and Content:
  • Serber, Robert

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1968-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.279
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.279

Scope and Content:
  • Sharma, Chandra Shekhar

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1937-1939, 1948-1950, 1953, 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.280
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.280

Scope and Content:
  • Shoenberg, David

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1937 (in German), 1945-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.281
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.281

Scope and Content:
  • Simon, Francis Eugene

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1951-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.282
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.282

Scope and Content:
  • Simon, Francis Eugene

Includes a report by Simon for the Government Information Service on 'The constructive use of atomic energy' and 'In retrospect', his reflections on contemporary life as pictured in the popular press.


Correspondence (S)
Date: 1950-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.283
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.283

Scope and Content:
  • Singwi, K. S.

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1948-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.284
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.284

Scope and Content:
  • Skinner, Herbert W. B.
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.53 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8



Correspondence (S)
Date: 1956-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.285
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.285

Scope and Content:
  • Skinner, Herbert W. B.
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.53 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4-MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8



Correspondence (S)
Date: 1945-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.286
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.286

Scope and Content:
  • Skyrme, Tony H. R.

Includes typescript of the papers "Nuclear Model - Meson-Theoretic 'Justification'" and 'A Model for Nuclear Matter'.


Correspondence (S)
Date: 1955-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.287
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.287

Scope and Content:
  • Skyrme, Tony H. R.

Includes typescript of the papers 'Quantum Field Theory', 'Bruckner's Model: Self-Consistant Fields in a Finite Volume' and 'Alpha Particle and Shell Models'.


Correspondence (S)
Date: 1958-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.288
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.288

Scope and Content:
  • Seligman, Henry, 1962
  • Smend, F., 1973
  • Smith, S. S., 1958
  • Stell, George, 1970

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1948, 1950-1956, 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.289
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.289

Scope and Content:
  • Sneddon, lan Naismith

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1934
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.290
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.290

Scope and Content:
  • Sommerfeld, Arnold (one letter only, in German)

Covering letter sent with a copy of Sommerfeld's letter to Raman in India about a chair in Bangalore for which Peierls was applying. The letter (now apparently lost) mentioned Peierls together with Hopf, another applicant, and assured Raman that Hopf was the more suitable and deserving of the two.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.27.



Correspondence (S)
Date: 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.291
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.291

Scope and Content:
  • Spalding, E. G.

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1960-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.292
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.292

Scope and Content:
  • Sprung, Donald W. L.

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1962-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.293
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.293

Scope and Content:
  • Stinchcombe, Robin B.

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 214/C.294
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.294

Scope and Content:
  • Stuchlik, Karl (in German and English)

Correspondence (S)
Date: 1946-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.295
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.295

Scope and Content:
  • Swiatecki, Wladyslaw Jerzy
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.51 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.299.



Correspondence (S)
Date: 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.296
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.296

Scope and Content:
  • Szilard, Leo (one letter only)

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1947-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.297
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.297

Scope and Content:
  • Tait, J. H., 1965
  • Takeo, Makoto, 1967
  • Taylor, John A., 1960
  • Titterton, Ernest William, 1947
  • Trummer, Horst (in German), 1960

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1968-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.298
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.298

Scope and Content:
  • Tanner, Neil, W.

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1937, 1944-1951, 1952, 1959, 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.299
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.299

Scope and Content:
  • Taylor, Geoffrey Ingram

1944-1951 are Peierls's carbons only.


Correspondence (T)
Date: 1947-1949, 1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.300
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.300

Scope and Content:
  • Teller, Edward

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1956, 1961, 1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.301
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.301

Scope and Content:
  • Temperley, Hugh N. V.

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1962-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.302
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.302

Scope and Content:
  • Thellung, A. E.

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1959-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.303
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.303

Scope and Content:
  • Thompson, Brian Victor

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1946-1947, 1950-1951, 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.304
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.304

Scope and Content:
  • Thomson, George Paget

Includes a draft of a paper on deuterons, 1946.


Correspondence (T)
Date: 1961-1966, 1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.305
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.305

Scope and Content:
  • Thouless, David J.

Correspondence (T)
Date: 1960-1966, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.306
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.306

Scope and Content:
  • Tuan, Tai-Fu and Tadić, Dubravko

Correspondence (U)
Date: 1948-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.307
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.307

Scope and Content:
  • Uhlenbeck, George E., 1948
  • Umezawa, H., 1954
  • Urey, Harold Clayton, 1965

Correspondence (V)
Date: 1964-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.308
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.308

Scope and Content:
  • Valatin, J. G.

Correspondence (V)
Date: 1953-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.309
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.309

Scope and Content:
  • Van Vleck, John Hasbrouck, 1956
  • Vogt, Erich W., 1955-1956, 1963, 1969
  • Volkoff, G. M., 1953

Correspondence (V)
Date: 1956, 1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.310
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.310

Scope and Content:
  • Villars, Felix M. H.

Correspondence (V)
Date: 1959-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.311
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.311

Scope and Content:
  • Vinh-Mau, Nicole (neé Gilbert) (in French and English)

Correspondence (V)
Date: 1933, 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.312
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.312

Scope and Content:
  • Von Neumann, John (Peierls's carbons only) (in German and English)

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1950-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.313
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.313

Scope and Content:
  • Walkinshaw, W., 1950-1951
  • Wassermann, G. D., 1950-1951
  • Wentzel, Gregor, 1953
  • Wheeler, John A., 1952, 1957

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1938
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.314
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.314

Scope and Content:
  • Walke, Harold J.

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1948-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.315
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.315

Scope and Content:
  • Waller, Ivar

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1949, 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.316
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.316

Scope and Content:
  • Wataghin, Gleb

Includes a copy of a letter from Pauli to Wataghin.


Correspondence (W)
Date: 1937, 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.317
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.317

Scope and Content:
  • Watson, George Neville
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18.



Correspondence (W)
Date: 1948, 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.318
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.318

Scope and Content:
  • Watson, W. H.

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1935
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.319
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.319

Scope and Content:
  • Weigle, Jean (2 letters)

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1939-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.320
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.320

Scope and Content:
  • Weiss, Joseph J.

The 1939-1940 letters are in German.


Correspondence (W)
Date: 1955-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.321
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.321

Scope and Content:
  • Weiss, Joseph J.

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1947-1959, 1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.322
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.322

Scope and Content:
  • Weisskopf, Victor Frederick
Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.20 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 215/C.330.



Correspondence (W)
Date: 1934
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.323
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.323

Scope and Content:
  • Weizsäcker, Carl-Friedrich (1 letter, in German)

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.324
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.324

Scope and Content:
  • Whittaker, Edmond

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1937-1938, 1945-1946, 1949-1951, 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.325
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.325

Scope and Content:
  • Wick, Gian Carlo (1937-1938 letters in German)

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1948-1953, 1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.326
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.326

Scope and Content:
  • Wieringen, J. S. van

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1932-1938, 1953, 1963, 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.327
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.327

Scope and Content:
  • Wigner, Eugene Paul

Peierls's carbons only. The 1932-1938 letters in German.


Correspondence (W)
Date: 1953-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.328
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.328

Scope and Content:
  • Wilkes, Maurice Vincent

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1960-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.329
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.329

Scope and Content:
  • Wilkin, Colin

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1950, 1959-1961, 1965-1966, 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.330
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.330

Scope and Content:
  • Wilkinson, Denys Haigh

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1949, 1955, 1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.331
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.331

Scope and Content:
  • Wilkinson, K. J. R.

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1954-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.332
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.332

Scope and Content:
  • Wilson, Alan Herries

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1947, 1949-1950, 1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.333
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.333

Scope and Content:
  • Wilson, Robert R.

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1954-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.334
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.334

Scope and Content:
  • Wimperis, Harry Egerton, 1954
  • Wong, Chun Wa, 1967
  • Woolley, R. G., 1972

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1962, 1964-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.335
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.335

Scope and Content:
  • Wong, Maurice K. F.

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1939-1943, 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.336
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.336

Scope and Content:
  • Wood, A. Michael

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.337
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.337

Scope and Content:
  • Wu, Ta-You

Correspondence (W)
Date: 1948-1949, 1952-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.338
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.338

Scope and Content:
  • Van Wyk, Christoffel Benjamin

Correspondence (Y)
Date: 1965, 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.339
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.339

Scope and Content:
  • Yang, Chen Ning (Frank)

Correspondence (Y)
Date: 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.340
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.340

Scope and Content:
  • Yellin, Joel

Correspondence (Y)
Date: 1960-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.341
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.341

Scope and Content:
  • Yoccoz, Jean

Correspondence (Y)
Date: 1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.342
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.342

Scope and Content:
  • Yoshida, Shiro

Correspondence (Y)
Date: 1956-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.343
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.343

Scope and Content:
  • Yourgrau, Wolfgang

Correspondence (Z)
Date: 1972-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.344
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.344

Scope and Content:
  • Zak, Joshua

Correspondence (Z)
Date: 1955, 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.345
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.345

Scope and Content:
  • Zienau, S.

Correspondence (Z)
Date: 1954-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 216/C.346
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.346

Scope and Content:
  • Ziman, John Michael

Miscellaneous reports
Date: 1946-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.347
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.347

Scope and Content:

Reports on manuscript, etc. submitted to Peierls for advice and opinion by scientific colleagues and editors.


Shorter scientific correspondence
Date: c.1950-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.348
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.348

Scope and Content:

Shorter scientific correspondence: requests for information, permission to quote, etc., received and made by Peierls and colleagues, and exchanges of reports and articles.


Shorter personal correspondence
Date: 1948-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.349
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.349

Scope and Content:
  • A - K

Shorter personal correspondence with individuals regarding careers, appointments, and research problems.


Shorter personal correspondence
Date: 1939-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.350
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.350

Scope and Content:
  • M - W

Shorter personal correspondence with individuals regarding careers, appointments, and research problems.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1947-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.351
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.351

Scope and Content:
  • B - D

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1949-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.352
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.352

Scope and Content:
  • E-F

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1958-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.353
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.353

Scope and Content:
  • G

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1948-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.354
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.354

Scope and Content:
  • H-L

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1963-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.355
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.355

Scope and Content:
  • Mc

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1947-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.356
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.356

Scope and Content:
  • M-N

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1950-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.357
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.357

Scope and Content:
  • P-T

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


Miscellaneous correspondence with the general public
Date: 1950-1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.358
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.358

Scope and Content:
  • W

Manuscripts, theories and correspondence on miscellaneous scientific topics submitted to Peierls by amateurs and members of the public in the UK and abroad.


'Nonsense'
Date: 1962-1974, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 217/C.359
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/C.359

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous manuscripts and publications sent to Peierls by members of the public. Unanswered or with formal reply only.

D   Publications, broadcasts, reports

D.1   Correspondence with publishers and editors


Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding books, articles, reviews by Peierls, or submitted to him for comment. The correspondence is presented alphabetically by name of publisher or publication, and a note is given of any material of particular scientific or personal interest.


George Allen and Unwin
Date: 1954-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.1
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.1

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous correspondence regarding Peierls's The Laws of Nature (first published 1955), translations and foreign rights; includes press-cuttings and reviews.


George Allen and Unwin
Date: 1958-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.2
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.2

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous correspondence regarding Peierls's The Laws of Nature (first published 1955), translations and foreign rights; includes press-cuttings and reviews.


George Allen and Unwin
Date: 1964-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.3
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.3

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous correspondence regarding Peierls's The Laws of Nature (first published 1955), translations and foreign rights; includes press-cuttings and reviews.


Annals of Physics
Date: 1956-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.4
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.4

Note

Peierls served on the Editorial Council from the foundation of the journal 1956-1972.


Various publishers and publications, A-B
Date: 1948-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.5
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.5

Scope and Content:
  • Athlone Press, 1963
  • Atom Industry, 1958
  • W.A.Benjamin & Co., 1961-1963
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1969-1970
  • Butterworth Scientific Publications, 1948-1949

Various publishers and publications, C
Date: 1946-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.6
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.6

Scope and Content:
  • Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1946-1956
  • Cambridge University Press, 1958-1972
  • Canadian Journal of Physics, 1969-1974
  • Casement Books, 1953
  • Chatto and Windus, 1971

The Clarendon Press, Oxford
Date: 1938, 1953-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.7
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.7

Scope and Content:

Editorial correspondence regarding Quantum Theory of Solids (published in 1955) which arose out of a series of lectures delivered by Peierls in 1953 at the Summer School at Les Houches; includes correspondence on foreign translations, second and paperback editions, and on other publications recommended or discussed by Peierls; some scientific correspondence arising. One early letter (1938) deals with a proposed book on the Quantum Theory which was never completed.


Comments on Nuclear and Particle Physics
Date: 1966-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.8
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.8

Note

Peierls was invited to serve as a contributor from the inception of the journal in 1966, and also on the Advisory Board.


Various publishers and publications, C-E
Date: 1956-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.9
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.9

Scope and Content:
  • Contemporary Physics, 1959-1964
  • Daily Express Book Division, 1958
  • The Daily Herald Ltd., 1956-1957 (Includes manuscript of the article 'Power from atoms' written by Peierls for supplement on Calder Hall, but not published).
  • Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 1971-1972 (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.19.)
  • Discovery, 1964
  • Elsevier Publishing Co. Ltd., 1966
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1969, 1971
  • Endeavour, 1936-1966 (Regarding Peierls's article 'Atomic energy - threat and promise' (offprint enclosed), April 1947, and 'Nuclear matter', 1963).

Various publishers and publications, F-M
Date: 1957-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.10
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.10

Scope and Content:
  • The Financial Times, 1957 (Includes manuscript of an article by Peierls on 'Russian Science', prepared for The Financial Times but not published),
  • History of Science, 1963-1965 (Includes Peierls's review of The Concept of the Positron by N. R. Hanson).
  • Interscience Monographs and Texts in Physics and Astronomy, 1958-1962 (Peierls served on the Advisory Board from 1958).
  • McGraw-Hill Book Co. Inc., 1958-1967 (Includes an autobiographical note by Peierls for McGraw-Hill Modern Men of Science).

Various publishers and publications, M
Date: 1958-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 218/D.11
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.11

Scope and Content:
  • The M.I.T. Press (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 1961, 1964 (Includes a manuscript of a talk given by Peierls at the M.I.T. Centennial, 1961, on the history and future of physics).
  • Mathematical Reviews, 1958, 1966

Nature
Date: 1943-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.12
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.12

Scope and Content:

Correspondence on articles and notes submitted by Peierls for publication, or to him for comment; also on obituaries and tributes to colleagues (includes manuscript drafts or copies of several of Peierls's contributions).


Nature
Date: 1955-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.13
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.13

Scope and Content:

Correspondence on articles and notes submitted by Peierls for publication, or to him for comment; also on obituaries and tributes to colleagues (includes manuscript drafts or copies of several of Peierls's contributions).


Various publishers and publications, N
Date: 1954-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.14
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.14

Scope and Content:
  • Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1970
  • New Scientist, 1958, 1964, 1969-1971 (Includes Peierls's review of The Born-Einstein letters and a typescript of the article 'Disarmament - Utopia or Commonsense?').
  • The New York Review of Books, 1970-1971 (Includes the manuscript of Peierls's review of Physics and Beyond, by Werner Heisenberg, and correspondence arising).
  • North-Holland Publishing Company, 1958-1959, 1968
  • Nucleonics, 1955

Il Nuovo Cimento
Date: 1954-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.15
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.15

Note

Peierls served on the Editorial Committee 1963-1974.


Various publishers and publications, O-P
Date: 1955-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.16
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.16

Scope and Content:
  • Oliver and Boyd Ltd., 1962-1963
  • Pergamon Press, 1955-1963, 1967, 1972 Miscellaneous correspondence regarding:
    • Journal of Nuclear Energy (Peierls served on Advisory Board).
    • Progress in Nuclear Energy (Peierls served on Advisory Board).
    • Atomnaia Energiia (Peierls advised on translators).
    • Journal of the Physics and Chemistry of Solids
    • Pergamon Institute

Various publishers and publications, P-S
Date: 1947-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.17
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.17

Scope and Content:
  • Physical Review, 1947, 1950
  • Physics Today, 1973-1974
  • Science, 1957
  • Science Abstracts, 1958
  • Science Journal, 1968, 1969
  • Science Progress, 1964, 1965
  • Scientific American, 1965-1966 (Includes a review by Peierls of The Conceptual Development of Quantum Mechanics by M. Jammer.)
  • Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR, 1966
  • Soviet Physics, 1956, 1965-1966 (Peierls provided translations of texts from the Russian journals Uspekhi Fizicheskikh Nauk and the 'Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics').
  • The Spectator, 1961
  • Springer-Verlag, 1955

Various publishers and publications, T-V
Date: 1955-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.18
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.18

Scope and Content:
  • Time-Life International, 1956
  • The Times, 1966-1974 (Includes miscellaneous obituary notices by Peierls of Oppenheimer, Born, Rosenfeld among others).
  • The Times Literary Supplement, 1969-1970 (Includes a review of Lawrence and Oppenheimer).
  • The Twentieth Century, 1955 (Includes the manuscript of the article 'Current Problems in High Energy Physics').
  • University of Birmingham, 1965 (Includes the manuscript of the obituary notice for G.N. Watson).
  • Van Nostrand Company Ltd., 1957, 1961

Miscellaneous shorter correspondence
Date: 1948-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.19
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.19

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous shorter correspondence with publishers and editors regarding permission to quote or reprint, complimentary copies of publications sent to Peierls, etc.


Miscellaneous invitations to Peierls
Date: 1950-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.20
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.20

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous invitations to Peierls from publishers and colleagues, to write books/articles, reviews, contributions to symposia, to serve on editorial boards, etc.


Miscellaneous book reviews
Date: 1946-1956, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.21
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.21

D.2   Broadcasting and television


Miscellaneous correspondence regarding interviews, recordings, television appearances for radio and television companies in UK and abroad
Date: 1962-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.22
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.22

Scope and Content:

The topics covered include the history of atomic physics, atomic warfare, the Fuchs case, recollections of scientific colleagues.

Programmes referred to include:

  • 'The Bomb' (BBC Radio), 1962
  • Series on Quantum Physics (BBC TV), 1963
  • 'The Decision to drop the atomic bomb' (NBC), 1964
  • 'The Birth of the Bomb' (Sveriges Radio), 1965
  • Ethical responsibility of scientists (BBC TV), 1964
  • 'The Struggle for Peace' (ABC TV), 1966
  • On Klaus Fuchs (Radiotelevisione Italiana), 1966
  • Regarding programme on Rutherford (BBC Radio), 1966
  • 'Growing Points in Physics' (BBC Radio), 1966-1967 (Includes script of Peierls's contribution 'The concepts of physics').
  • On the history of the atomic bomb (Sveriges radio), 1967-1968
  • On current research (C.O.I. for West German radio), 1969
  • 'Birth of the Bomb' (for American TV), 1970
  • 'A fable in his lifetime - Paul Dirac' (BBC Radio), 1972
  • On Klaus Fuchs (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), 1973

'The Building of the Bomb' (BBC TV)
Date: 1964-1966, 1975
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.23
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.23

Scope and Content:

Peierls recorded an interview for the producer (Robert Reid) of this programme, which was screened in March 1965. Although the interview was not used in the programme, Peierls was disturbed by inaccuracies and distortions in the final version, and took up the matter with the producer, the then Director-General of the BBC, Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, and with several of his own scientific colleagues in the USA. Extensive correspondence, script of the programme. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.19.)

When the programme was screened for a second time, unchanged, in August 1975, Peierls wrote to the Chairman, Sir Michael Swann, and initiated correspondence in The Times.

D.3   Miscellaneous reports


Miscellaneous reports by Peierls and his colleagues
Date: 1952-1958, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.24
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.24

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous reports by Peierls and his colleagues, returned from the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, after declassification in 1957 and 1958. N.B. Ms. 7 (see letter of 26 February 1958) is missing.


Miscellaneous referee's reports by Peierls on books and articles.
Date: 1951-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 219/D.25
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/D.25

E   Conferences, symposia, invitation lectures, visits

E.1   Invitations accepted by Peierls


Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding appointments, conferences, major lectures, symposia, visits to universities / institutes / laboratories attended or accepted by Peierls. The papers are presented in date order and the contents briefly summarised.

Related Material:

See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 207/C.117, one file of correspondence with Professor L. Garrido; most of the letters deal with the planning and organisation of annual international schools in physics.



Conferences, etc.
Date: 1946-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.1
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.1

Scope and Content:

Address to the American Physical Society, New York, Sep 1946. Includes an abstract of the talk 'Electrodynamics without point singularities', but Peierls was unable to attend the conference.

Address to the American Physical Society, Jan 1952, on 'Non-local field theory'.

Home Universities Conference, London, Dec 1954. Includes a summary of the points included in Peierls's talk on 'The Supply of Teachers for Mathematics and Science'. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 198/B.10.)

Invitation and related papers to join the Commission on High Energy Physics, 1957.


XI International Conference on High Energy Physics, Geneva, 4-11 Jul 1962
Date: 1961-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.2
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.2

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with officials of CERN regarding meetings of the Advisory Committee, scheduling of and arrangements for conferences, scheduling of a lecture by Peierls to a colloquium at CERN (on 'Nuclear translation and rotation as collective phenomena') and lists of British participants.

Extensive correspondence with British colleagues regarding nominations to the conference, travel grants, etc. (Peierls was a member of the European Advisory Committee which was to recommend to CERN a list of people to be invited.)

Peierls's notes regarding the instrumentation conference.


Conferences, etc.
Date: 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.3
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.3

Scope and Content:

Conference on 'High Energy Physics and Nuclear Structure', CERN, Feb 25-Mar 2, 1963: correspondence with officials at CERN regarding arrangements for conference, transscript (11 pages) of Peierls's remarks and summary at the conclusion of the conference.

International Spring School of Physics, Ravello, Italy, Apr-May 4, 1963: correspondence regarding scheduling of Peierls's visit and applications from other members of the Birmingham department.

Conference of mathematicians and physicists on 'The theory and applications of analysis in function space', M.I.T., Jun 1963: correspondence, transcript (6 pages) of Peierls's concluding remarks 'A Physicist Sums Up'. Invitation to Peierls to serve on organizing committee of the next conference (declined).


First Yugoslav Summer School on Solid State Physics, Hercegnovi, Sep 1-14, 1963
Date: 1962-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.4
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.4

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding arrangements to visit the summer school and other institutes, travel plans, list of participants, programme, 4-page abstract of a lecture course given by Peierls on 'The concept of relaxation time' (5 lectures). Invitation to 1964 summer school (declined).


Conferences, etc.
Date: 1963-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.5
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.5

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding a visit to Hamburg, Sep 1963, to receive the Max Planck Medal. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 197/A.9.)

Conference on 'The Identity of the Jewish Intellectual', London, Nov 1963. Includes correspondence, a list of participants and a transcript of Peierls's remarks.

Correspondence regarding visits to various laboratories and institutes in France, Apr 1964. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.12, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques.)

Conference on Many-body Problems, Manchester, Sep 1964. Peierls gave the introductory talk. Includes correspondence and programme.


International Conference on Nuclear Physics, Paris, Jul 2-8, 1964
Date: 1964-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 220/E.6
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.6

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence, programme and a typescript of Peierls's concluding remarks for publication in the conference proceedings.


XII International High Energy Conference, Dubna, Russia, Aug 1964
Date: 1963-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.7
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.7

Scope and Content:

Includes:

Copies of correspondence exchanged between T.G. Pickavance and heads of physics departments in British universities regarding nominations to the conference.

Correspondence regarding travel arrangements and grants.

The file also includes some correspondence regarding nominations for the 1966 High Energy Conference in Berkeley.


Banff Summer School on Quantum Transport Theory, Aug 22-Sep 3, 1965, Alberta, Canada
Date: 1964-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.8
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.8

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence regarding topics of lectures, list of participants, invitations to visit other Canadian universities, programme, travel arrangements and the scheduling of the school.


Conferences and visits
Date: 1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.9
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.9

Scope and Content:

Visit to Yugoslavia, Mar 24-Apr 6, 1965. Includes invitations to visit various institutes and laboratories, scheduling and travel arrangements.

Symposium on 'How to teach the art of approximation', Imperial College, London, May 1965. Includes correspondence and a summary of the proceedings.

Visit to M.I.T., Sep 13-19, 1965. Includes correspondence regarding arrangements for a one-week visit, including original invitation extended in 1964 to Peierls to come as Visiting Professor for 1965-1966.

International Conference on Elementary Particles, Oxford, 19-25 Sep 1965. Includes correspondence regarding nominations for invitations.


Conferences and visits
Date: 1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.10
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.10

Scope and Content:

Visit to Göttingen, Feb 1966, to address a symposium in honour of F. Hund: correspondence (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 208/C.147).

Visiting Senior Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Mar-Apr 1966: correspondence regarding timing of the visit, Peierls's correspondence with his Oxford department during his absence and invitations from other institutions and laboratories in the US.

Xth International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, Moscow, 1966. Peierls originally accepted the invitation but later had to decline owing to ill health.


Invitations
Date: 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.11
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.11

Scope and Content:

Invitations extended to Peierls during his sabbatical leave at the University of Washington in Seattle, Jan-Jun 1967, with related correspondence regarding scheduling of his visits to other institutes, etc. File includes a typescript of 'History of the "Peierls-Nabarro" Force', prepared for Battelle Colloquium on Dislocation Dynamics, May 1967.


Conference on Theoretical Physics, University of Birmingham
Date: 1966-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.12
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.12

Scope and Content:

Conference on Theoretical Physics, University of Birmingham, Jul 4-6, 1967 'For R.E. Peierls's 60th Birthday'. Includes programme, list of members, correspondence regarding arrangements for the conference, accommodation and publication of the proceedings.


International Theoretical Physics Conference on Particles and Fields, Rochester, N.Y.
Date: 1966-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.13
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.13

Scope and Content:

International Theoretical Physics Conference on Particles and Fields, Rochester, N.Y., Aug 28-Sep 1, 1967. Includes invitation and programme, correspondence regarding travel grant, participants, invitation and subsequent correspondence regarding a visit to Stony Brook, N.Y. during the week before the conference.


Conferences and visits
Date: 1968-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.14
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.14

Scope and Content:

Visit to M.I.T. for opening of new physics center, Mar 1968. Peierls served as Chairman at one of the sessions.

Symposium 'On the Use of Nimrod for Nuclear Structure Physics', Rutherford Laboratory, Mar 1968. Includes correspondence and provisional programme. Peierls was to give an introductory talk and chair the final session but was unable to attend.

Gordon Conference on Nuclear Structure, Jul 1968. Includes correspondence regarding the preliminary planning of the conference.

Conference of the European Physical Society, Florence, Apr 1969. Includes correspondence regarding travel arrangements.

III International Conference on High Energy Physics and Nuclear Structure, New York, Sep 8-12, 1969. Includes correspondence regarding the planning and financing of the conference. Peierls was a member of the Advisory Committee and chaired the final session.


International Conference on the Three-Body Problem in Nuclear and Particle Physics, Birmingham
Date: 1968-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.15
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.15

Scope and Content:

International Conference on the Three-Body Problem in Nuclear and Particle Physics, Birmingham, Jul 8-10, 1969. Peierls served as Co-Chairman of the Organising Committee and gave the closing summary: includes extensive correspondence regarding the title, organisation and composition of the conference; copies of letters of invitation to principal speakers and of their replies; provisional and final programme; correspondence regarding the publication of the proceedings and contract; and Peierls's manuscript notes on papers presented.


Conferences
Date: 1969-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.16
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.16

Scope and Content:

Pauli Memorial Lectures, Zürich, Jan 1970. Includes invitation to give lectures, and related correspondence, travel arrangements and Peierls's notes for his lectures. (Peierls retained the tapes of these 4 lectures.)

Nuclear Physics Conference, University of Surrey, Apr 1970. Includes correspondence, etc.


Surface Science Summer Institute, Battelle Memorial Institute, Seattle, Washington
Date: 1969-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.17
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.17

Scope and Content:

Surface Science Summer Institute, Battelle Memorial Institute, Seattle, Washington. Includes correspondence regarding plans for the summer school, a list of participants and scientific correspondence arising.


Lectures
Date: 1970-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.18
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.18

Scope and Content:

Silver Jubilee of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, Apr 1970. Includes invitation and subsequent correspondence regarding topics for lectures, travel arrangements, etc.

Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois (25th Anniversary), Nov 1971, lecture on 'The state of physics'. Includes correspondence regarding arrangements for the visit.


Solid State Institute, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Date: 1971-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.19
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.19

Scope and Content:

Solid State Institute, Technion, Haifa, Israel, Dec 1971. Includes invitations to Peierls to come as Visiting Professor, to deliver the Wunsch Lecture, to give colloquium at the Hebrew University and subsequent correspondence regarding the scheduling of the visit. The file includes a typescript of Peierls's Wunsch Lecture 'Is there a crisis in science?'.


Symposium on 'Development of the Physicist's Conception of Nature', Trieste
Date: 1971-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.20
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.20

Scope and Content:

Symposium on 'Development of the Physicist's Conception of Nature', Trieste, Sep 18-25, 1972 (Peierls served on the sponsoring committee). Includes a draft programme with Peierls's comments and suggestions and correspondence regarding Peierls's lecture. (The Symposium was dedicated to Dirac on his 70th birthday).


Lectures, conferences and visits
Date: 1971-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.21
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.21

Scope and Content:

Address to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Mar 5 1973, 'The role of the "observer" in quantum physics - an implication for the relation of physics to biology?'. Includes invitation plus related correspondence, 1971-1973.

Lecture at CERN, Mar 28-Apr 4, 1973 'Some old fundamental problems of physics'. Includes invitation and related correspondence, abstracts of lectures (4), travel and accommodation arrangements and programme, 1972-1973.

Centenary Conference, Physical Society, Jersey, Apr 1974: correspondence.

Visit to Laboratòrio de Fisica de Universidade, Coimbra, Portugal, Dec 1973-Jan 1974: correspondence regarding the scheduling of the visit.

E.2   Declined invitations (and related correspondence)


Scope and Content:

Declined invitations to visit/join other universities or laboratories, to give major lectures, to attend symposia and conferences. Eight folders in date order with brief indication of contents.


Declined invitations
Date: 1948-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.22
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.22

Scope and Content:
  • Netherlands Physical Society Symposium, Amsterdam, 1948
  • US Department of Commerce, Conference, California, 1949
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburg, Chair in Theoretical Physics and Visiting Professorship, 1950-1952
  • Summer Session, University of Wisconsin, 1951
  • Summer Session, Stanford University, Visiting Professor, 1952, 1953, 1955
  • Trinity Term, University of Sydney, 1954-1955
  • Symposium in memory of Einstein, Technion, Israel, 1956
  • Physical Society Symposium, London, 1959

Declined invitations
Date: 1960-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.23
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.23

Scope and Content:
  • Visiting Scientists Program in Physics, USA (4 offers), 1960-1964
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics, Zürich (visit), 1961
  • Department of Physics, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Mexico City, Head of Physics Department, 1961
  • Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York (visit), 1961
  • Summer School, University of Colorado, 1962
  • Latin American School of Physics, Rio de Janeiro, 1963
  • Summer Session, University of California at Los Angeles, 1963
  • Conference on Lattice Dynamics, Copenhagen, 1963

Declined invitations
Date: 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.24
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.24

Scope and Content:
  • Nuclear Physics Conference, Canberra, 1964
  • Semester at IBM, New York, 1964
  • Institute of Mathematical Sciences Symposium, Madras, 1964
  • Nordic-Dutch accelerator symposium, Finland, 1964
  • Galileo Conference, Bologna, 1964
  • Labour Standing Conference on the Sciences, Oxford, 1964
  • Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, University of Texas, 1964

Declined invitations
Date: 1965-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.25
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.25

Scope and Content:
  • Theoretical Physics Department, Bordeaux (visit), 1965
  • Conference, University of Toronto, 1965
  • Department of Applied Mathematics, Giza, UAR, Visiting Professor, 1965
  • Gordon Conference on Nuclear Structure and Models, New Hampshire, USA, 1965
  • International Conference on Nuclear Physics, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 1966
  • Conference on Isobaric Spin, Florida State University, 1966
  • Course on Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Trieste, 1966
  • Summer School, Italian National Research Council, Perugia, 1966
  • Symposium on Physical Methods in Structural Chemistry, Oxford, 1966

Declined invitations
Date: 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.26
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.26

Scope and Content:
  • Conference on High Energy Physics and Nuclear Structure, Israel 1967
  • Visiting Professorship, University of Islamabad, West Pakistan, 1967
  • Symposium, Centenary of M. Curie, Warsaw and Paris 1967
  • Gordon Conference on Nuclear Structure, New Hampshire, USA, 1967
  • Nucleon-Nucleon Conference, University of Florida, 1967
  • Summer School, University of Athens, 1967
  • Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Lund, Sweden, 1967
  • 25th Anniversary observance, 1st Nuclear Chain Reaction, Chicago, 1967

(See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 221/E.11, a file of invitations received by Peierls during his sabbatical in Seattle, January-June 1967).


Declined invitations
Date: 1968-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.27
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.27

Scope and Content:
  • Sommerfeld Memorial Meeting, Munich, 1968
  • Cultural Congress of Havana, 1968
  • Symposium on Contemporary Physics, Trieste, 1968
  • Summer School, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Cracow, Poland, 1968
  • McMaster University, Ontario (visit), 1969
  • Universities of Vienna and Graz, Austria (visit), 1969
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax (visit), 1970
  • Summer School and National Congress, Yugoslavia, 1970
  • Symposium on Thin Helium Films, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1970
  • Symposium on Particle Theory, University of Texas, 1970

Declined invitations
Date: 1970-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.28
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.28

Scope and Content:
  • Symposium on water pollution, Aberystwyth, 1970
  • Los Alamos Medium Energy Physics Faculty, Study group, 1971
  • Symposium, Quantum Theory Project, Florida, 1971
  • Symposium on Impact of Science on Society, The European Committee of the Weizmann Institute, Brussels, 1971
  • Statistical Mechanics Conference, Technion, Israel, 1971
  • Conference on Few Particle Problems, Los Angeles, 1972
  • Symposium on the Centenary of the Boltzmann-Equation, Vienna, 1972
  • Summer School, Institute for Nuclear Research, Warsaw, Poland, 1972
  • Symposium, Quantum Theory Project, Florida, 1973
  • Symposium on Correlation, Budapest, 1973

Declined invitations
Date: 1973-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.29
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.29

Scope and Content:
  • Department of Physics, University of Virginia (visit), 1973
  • Symposium, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1973
  • Solid State Conference, Manchester, 1974
  • Conference on low temperature diffusion, IBM, New York, 1974
  • Conference, University of Puerto Rico, 1974
  • Conference on Functional Integration, London, 1974

E.3   Minor correspondence regarding symposia, meetings, conferences and visits


Minor correspondence
Date: 1946-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.30
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.30

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous announcements, invitations, programmes, letters of thanks, and correspondence regarding scheduling, publicity, finances, nominations, publications and travel. Includes correspondence regarding declassification conferences in the US, 1949 and 1951.


Minor correspondence
Date: 1966-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.31
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.31

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous announcements, invitations, programmes, letters of thanks, and correspondence regarding scheduling, publicity, finances, nominations, publications and travel.

E.4   Departmental/university invitations


Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding departmental/university lectures, symposia and colloquia given by Peierls in institutions or universities other than his own.


Departmental/university invitations to lecture, etc.
Date: 1950-1951, 1964-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.32
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.32

Scope and Content:
  • 'The Communication Laws of Relativistic Quantum Theory', Oxford, November 1950.
  • 'Problems in the Theory of Nuclear Forces', University College, London, May 1951.
  • 'Nuclear Forces', Southampton, May 1951.
  • 'The atom, the nucleus and beyond', Birmingham, February 1964.
  • 'Disarmament', College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, November 1964.
  • 'Iteration Methods' and 'Decaying states in Quantum Mechanics', Trinity College, Dublin, May 1965 (includes some correspondence on university and scientific matters).
  • 'Realistic forces and finite nuclei', Queen Mary College, London, November 1965 (programme only).

Departmental/university invitations to lecture, etc.
Date: 1966-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.33
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.33

Scope and Content:
  • 'Problems of Disarmament', Oxford, November 1966.
  • (No title), Birmingham, December 1966.
  • Seminar to the Theoretical Physics Division, Harwell, November 1967.
  • Address to the Physical Society, Sussex, March 1968.
  • Discussion of the film The War Game, Oxford Scout and Guide Group Rally, October 1970.
  • Theoretical Physics seminar, Birmingham, March 1971.
  • 'The scientist and the misuse of science', Oxford, May 1971.
  • 'The need for nuclear models', University of Aston, February 1972.
  • 'Pre-war, wartime and post-war physics', Oxford, October 1973.
  • 'The scientist and the misuse of science', Canterbury, November 1973.
  • 'Perturbation theory for projected states', Sussex, March 1974.
  • 'The origin of the difference between past and future in physics', Reading, March 1974.

E.5   Departmental/university invitations declined


Scope and Content:

Invitations to give departmental/university lectures, seminars or colloquia which were declined by Peierls.


Declined invitations
Date: 1963-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.34
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.34

Declined invitations
Date: 1969-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 222/E.35
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/E.35

F   Committees, societies, consultancies

Arrangement:

The papers are presented alphabetically as far as possible, with an indication of the dates and topics covered.


F.1   Advisory Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament—Atomic Energy Research Establishment


Advisory Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament
Date: 1964-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.1
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.1

Scope and Content:

The Panel was set up by Lord Chalfont (then Minister of State, Foreign Office) who invited Peierls to join it; the Panel was subsequently under the responsibility of Mr. Fred Mulley, Lord Lothian, Mr. A. Godber, Mr. Julian Amery and Mr. David Ennals. A list of the contents is on the file.


Atlas Computer Committee
Date: 1968-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.2
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.2

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding scheduling of meetings, matters of policy, minutes and related correspondence. Peierls served as Chairman from 1 October 1969-30 June 1972. (See also the SRC Science Board file, MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.41.)


Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell
Date: 1951, 1957, 1963-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.3
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.3

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding Peierls's consultancy work for the authority 1951, 1957, 1963-1965, and some correspondence regarding meetings at Risley and Windscale 1954.

F.2   Atomic Scientists Association


Scope and Content:

Peierls was a member of the Provisional Committee of the Association from its foundation in May 1946 and took an active part in its affairs. He served as President 1948-1950 in succession to Nevill Mott. The contents of the files include:

Note: The correspondence is not always complete; sometimes only carbons of Peierls's letters survive. See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.22, MS. Eng. misc. b. 202/C.23 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 204/C.54.

Peierls was in particularly close and frequent touch with Nevill Mott in connection with ASA; this correspondence has been kept as a separate file, MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8. Mott was the first President of ASA 1946-1948, and again in 1950.


Atomic Scientists Association
Date: May 1946-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.4
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.4

Atomic Scientists Association
Date: 1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.5
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.5

Atomic Scientists Association
Date: 1949-1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.6
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.6

Atomic Scientists Association
Date: 1951-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.7
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.7

Atomic Scientists Association
Date: Apr 1946-Aug 1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.8
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.8

Scope and Content:

Correspondence with Nevill Mott. (See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.213-MS. Eng. misc. b. 211/C.218.)

F.3   British Association


British Association
Date: 1947-1950, 1956-1959
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.9
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.9

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding lectures, publication of talks, and an invitation to join the executive committee of the West Midlands Area (declined).

F.4   The English Electric Company, Limited


Scope and Content:

Peierls acted as Consultant to the firm from 1954 to 1967. Includes correspondence regarding visits, personal, technical advice, papers for publication, and scientific research in progress.


The English Electric Company, Limited
Date: 1954-1957
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.10
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.10

The English Electric Company, Limited
Date: 1958-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.11
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.11

F.5   Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques


Scope and Content:

Peierls served on Comité Scientifique until 1974. Includes administrative and scientific correspondence, visits, policy and organisation of the Institute, etc.


Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
Date: 1963-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.12
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.12

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence (1958) with Léon Motchane describing the setting up of the Institut.


Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
Date: 1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.13
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.13

Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
Date: 1973-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.14
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.14

Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques
Date: 1969-1975, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.15
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.15

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous duplicated reports, committee papers, etc.

F.6   The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society


The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society
Date: 1963-1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.16
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.16

Scope and Content:

Awards Committee papers. Peierls served on this committee 1963-1968.


The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society
Date: 1962-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.17
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.17

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous reports and comments on papers submitted to Peierls for reference, and by him for publication. Includes related scientific correspondence.


The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society
Date: 1965-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.18
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.18

Scope and Content:

'Report on the University Training in Mathematics for the Future Physicist'. Peierls organised and prepared this report, which was sponsored by the Royal Society's British National Committee for Mathematics with the assistance of the Institute of Physics and the Physical Society. The file includes correspondence regarding the preparation of a questionnaire, drafting of the report, amendments suggested by committee members, publication of the report, copy of the questionnaire, a list of people who received the questionnaire, and a copy of the report. (See also The Royal Society, MS. Eng. misc. b.226/F.39.)


The Institute of Physics and the Physical Society
Date: 1946-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.19
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.19

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous correspondence with officials of the Institute regarding papers for publication, invitations to contribute reviews, articles, etc. (Peierls was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Physics 'A' in 1974 but declined.)

F.7   National Institute for Research in Nuclear Science—Max-Plank-Insttut für Physik und Astrophysik


National Institute for Research in Nuclear Science [NIRNS]
Date: 1957-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.20
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.20

Scope and Content:

(Chairman: Lord Edward Bridges of Headley). Peierls served on the Board 1957-1962. Contains letters of appointment to the Governing Board and letters by Peierls to the Chancellor of the Exchequer protesting against financial cuts to universities. (See also University Policy, MS. Eng. misc. b. 199/B.15.)


New Commonwealth Atomic Energy Committee
Date: 1947
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.21
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.21

Scope and Content:

Miscellaneous correspondence with organisers and officials, mainly regarding international control of atomic energy.


Marconi Instruments Limited
Date: 1967-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.21A
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.21A

Scope and Content:

Short correspondence regarding proposed consultancy: includes an interesting letter from Peierls on relations between academic and industrial scientists.


Max-Plank-Insttut für Physik und Astrophysik
Date: 1964-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.22
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.22

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding nominations and nomination proceedings for the Planck Medal (in German and in English).

F.8   The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs


Scope and Content:

'Pugwash' is an international movement for peaceful cooperation between scientists, with special reference to the dangers of new methods of warfare. It takes its name from Pugwash in Nova Scotia, where the first conference was held in 1957.

Peierls played an active part in this, as in other movements aimed at international understanding; he also served on the Continuing Committee 1963-1974 and was its Chairman 1969-1974, and gave the annual Pugwash Conferences priority wherever possible over other engagements.

The folders preserve the order in which Peierls kept the documents and correspondence, though there is some overlap of contents.


General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1960-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.23
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.23

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding financial and administrative policy, officers and staff; meetings, conferences, topics and invitations for discussions and relations with other societies. Also includes Peierls's 'Impression of the Pugwash Conference, Moscow, November 1960'.


General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1965-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.24
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.24

General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1967-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.25
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.25

General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1969
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.26
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.26

Scope and Content:

Includes discussion of a proposed British Society for Social Responsibility in Science, a draft paper by Peierls 'A ban on the development of new weapons?', and a letter to New Scientist.


General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.27
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.27

Scope and Content:

Includes preliminary approaches for meeting 'The Social Impact of Modern Biology' to be held jointly with the British Society for Responsibility in Science - co-sponsorship dropped; and correspondence regarding the British Pugwash meeting on C.S. (tear-gas). See also MS. Enf. misc. b. 225/F.33.


General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1971-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.28
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.28

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence regarding arrangements for the 1972 International Pugwash Conference, held in Oxford.


General correspondence on Pugwash affairs
Date: 1972-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.29
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.29

Pugwash Limited correspondence
Date: 1964-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.30
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.30

Scope and Content:

Correspondence relating to negotiations regarding application by Pugwash Limited for registration as a charity.


Pugwash Continuing Committee
Date: 1969-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.31
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.31

Scope and Content:

General correspondence on Pugwash affairs; contents have some overlap with MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.26-MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.29 above, but were kept as separate file by Peierls.


Cockcroft Memorial Appeal
Date: 1968-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.32
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.32

Scope and Content:

Peierls was Chairman of the Appeal Committee. Folder contains correspondence with Trustees and donors, a bibliography on reactor safety, drafts of letters, of appeal, of pamphlet, copies of appeal, and lists of trusts, companies and individuals.


Pugwash Symposium on C.S. Gas (tear-gas) and the Geneva Protocol
Date: 1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.33
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.33

Scope and Content:

Correspondence, programme of meeting, and papers circulated for information for the Pugwash Symposium on C.S. Gas and the Geneva Protocol, 29 May 1970. See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.27.


Pugwash Study Group on Pollution, Oxford, 22 June 1971
Date: 1971
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 225/F.34
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.34

Scope and Content:

Contains a list of participants, drafts of interim reports, correspondence with participants regarding amendments and corrections, and requests for information regarding other studies in preparation for the meeting.

F.9   The Royal Society


The Royal Society
Date: 1951-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.35
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.35

Scope and Content:

Correspondence on nominations and elections, composition and policy of sectional committees, publications policy, and other Society business.


The Royal Society
Date: 1964-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.36
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.36

Scope and Content:

Correspondence on nominations and elections, composition and policy of sectional committees, publications policy, and other Society business.


The Royal Society
Date: 1971-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.37
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.37

Scope and Content:

Papers and correspondence regarding a proposal by Peierls and N. Kurti for an enlarged or modified membership of the Royal Society.


The Royal Society
Date: 1963-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.38
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.38

Scope and Content:

Peierls's reports on publications submitted to him for reference, or by him for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society


The Royal Society
Date: 1958-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.39
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.39

Scope and Content:

General correspondence on Society business, invitations to serve on committees, etc.: includes short correspondence on a report on mathematical training for physicists (to be prepared by Peierls, see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 224/F.18) and Peierls's reactions to the Green Paper 'A Framework for Government Research and Development'.


The Royal Society
Date: 1951-1952
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.40
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.40

Scope and Content:

Shorter correspondence regarding the Nuclear Physics Committee, on which Peierls served.

F.10   Science Research Council


Science Research Council
Date: 1969-1973
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.41
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.41

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding Peierls's service as a member of the the SRC Science Board (Chairman: Hans L. Kornberg) and as Chairman, Atlas Computer Committee: includes correspondence and memoranda on policy (see also MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.2).


Science Research Council
Date: 1965-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.42
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.42

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding Rutherford High Energy Laboratory: meetings, Advisory Committee on the use of an IBM 360/195, study groups, etc. See also MS. Eng. misc. b. 223/F.2 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.50.


Science Research Council
Date: 1973-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.43
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.43

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding SRC Cognitive Sciences Panel, of which Peierls was Chairman.


Science Research Council
Date: 1967-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.44
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.44

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding the International Theoretical Physics Institute, submitted for consideration to the SRC Nuclear Physics Committee: draft proposal and comments; Peierls's draft alternative proposal (5 pp.), minutes and correspondence.


Science Research Council
Date: 1966-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.45
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.45

Scope and Content:

NATO Advanced Study Institute and SRC Research Grants: miscellaneous correspondence and reports on research projects and grant applications.

F.11   Society for the Protection of Science and Learning—United Nations Association Disarmament Committee


Society for the Protection of Science and Learning
Date: 1947-1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.46
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.46

Scope and Content:

Formerly the Academic Assistance Council; contains miscellaneous correspondence on work and circumstances of scholars abroad.


Society for Visiting Scientists
Date: 1947-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.47
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.47

Scope and Content:

Includes brief correspondence regarding the Klaus Fuchs case, 1950.


United Nations Association Disarmament Committee
Date: 1968-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.48
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.48

Scope and Content:

Peierls served on the Committee 1968-1974 as Scientific Adviser. When the Committee was reorganised as a Working Group he continued to act as a consultant. As he was rarely able to attend meetings in person, he contributed several papers for committee consideration, often after consultation and assessment among scientific colleagues. Topics dealt with include the test-ban, chemical and biological warfare, gas centrifuges, the SALT treaties, operation Plowshare, etc.

F.12   Miscellaneous Committees


Miscellaneous Committees
Date: 1948-1974
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.49
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.49

Scope and Content:
  • American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, 1964. (Peierls served on the International Committee organising the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Institute.)
  • Association of University Teachers, 1974.
  • Birmingham Jewish Graduates Association, Presidency (declined), 1969.
  • Center for Theoretical Studies, University of Miami (declined), 1973-1974.
  • Council for Unified Research and Education (declined), 1972.
  • The Independent University, Academic Advisory Committee (declined), 1971.
  • Institute of Fundamental Theoretical Physics, Academic Board (declined), 1968-1969.
  • Ministry of Aviation, Liquid Engines Division, 1965.
  • Ministry of Supply, 1948.
  • Natural Science Club, Oxford University, 1973.
  • Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (declined), 1965.
  • Society for Education in The Applications of Science. (See also Pugwash, MS. Eng. misc. b. 255/F.23-MS. Eng. misc. b. 255/F.34.) 1968, 1971

F.13   CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)


CERN
Date: 1955-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.50
Former ref: CSAC 52.6.77/F.50

Scope and Content:

Correspondence regarding the formation of the Theoretical Physics Group at Geneva (1955), selection of UK research students for CERN Copenhagen (1955), and careers for theoretical physicists (1969-1970). See also MS. Eng. misc. b.223/F.2 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 226/F.41.


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