Collection UR-SF 49 - John Iball, Professor of Chemistry, University of Dundee

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UR-SF 49


John Iball, Professor of Chemistry, University of Dundee


  • 1932-1933 (Creation)

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5 boxes and 4 folders

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(1907-21 January 1993)

Biographical history

John Iball was born in Hasland, Derbyshire. He attended University College, Bangor from where he graduated with a first class degree in physics in 1928.

After a year doing a teaching diploma, he took an MSc in 1930 and a PhD in 1932 in the study of crystal structures by X-ray. Iball then went to the Royal Institution in London where he worked under Sir William Bragg focusing on X-ray studies of organic compounds. This led him to study the molecular structure of cancer producing aromatic compounds and to an interest in carcinogenicity.

He joined the research staff of the Royal Cancer Hospital in London in 1934 and his contribution was recognised by the award of a DSc (Wales) in 1939. The following year Iball joined the team working on rocket science for the Ministry of Supply then, after the war, moved to Port Sunlight to work for Unilever.

In 1948 he was appointed a fellow at University College, Dundee where he was to remain until he retired. He lectured in the physics and chemistry departments and in 1969 was appointed Senior Gibb Fellow of the British Empire Cancer Campaign.

Iball was keen to share his enthusiasm for science with people outside the academic community. He formed the Tayside and Fife Branch of the British Association and was always willing to help local industries with scientific problems. After he retired in 1974 he continued to be active in these areas and to publish the results of his ongoing research. Iball died in Dundee.

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Publications. 1932-1986; Notebook. 1936-1938; Practical Notes. 1921-1927; Research Notes. 1934-1937; Thesis for Degrees. 1932-1938; X-Ray photographs. nd; A Quantum-Mechanics explanation of the relations of neutral atoms and of homopolar bonds, 1927; Cambridge Crystallographic Date File., n.d; Acetate slides and notes, n.d; Correspondence 1954 and 1965; Miscellaneous. 1972-73, 1987 and 1993; Dundee Scientific Film Society. 1945-1969; British Association for The Advancement of Science. 1961-1969; British Universities Film Council. 1967 and 1970; British Film Institute. 1946-1948; Scottish Central Film Library, 1948;



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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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See also MS 92 British Association For The Advancement of Science: Tayside and Fife Branch.

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UR-SF 49

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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



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