Collection UR-SF 27 - Professor Arthur Donald Walsh, Chair of Chemistry, University of Dundee

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UR-SF 27


Professor Arthur Donald Walsh, Chair of Chemistry, University of Dundee


  • 1920-1976 (Creation)

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c 10 linear metres

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A. D. Walsh, or Donald Walsh as he was known, was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Educated at Cambridge he took a PhD in physical chemistry in 1941 and became an ICI fellow. In 1955, after six years as a lecturer and reader in physical chemistry at Leeds University, Walsh took over the chair of chemistry at Queen's College, Dundee. He was well respected for his work on molecular spectroscopy and combustion and his contribution to chemistry was recognised with his election to the Royal Society in 1964. During his time in Dundee he oversaw the expansion of the Chemistry Department and was made Dean of the Faculty of Science when the new University was created in 1967. As his international standing grew Walsh was frequently asked to lecture abroad. Forced to retire in 1976 through ill health, he died in 1977 at the age of sixty.

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Cambridge University notes, 1930-1945; Lecture material and student admin records, 1920-1972; Publications and research material, 1925-1976; Correspondence, 1936-1974, Committee records, 1956-1973; Conference Records, 1945-1970; Slides and Photographs, c 1955 - c 1965; Loose papers and notes, 1949 - c 1970


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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are mainly on paper but include some glass slides and photographs.

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UR-SF 27

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English
  • German



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