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Arthur Schuster Papers

Date range: 1851-1934.

Papers of Sir Arthur Schuster (1851–1934), Langworthy Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester (formerly Owens College) from 1888 to 1907, and pioneer in several areas of scientific study at Manchester.

Schuster’s interests were wide-ranging: terrestrial magnetism, optics, solar physics, and the mathematical theory of periodicities. He introduced meteorology as a subject studied in British universities.

After his retirement in 1907 he devoted himself to the administration of the Royal Society, and to the organization of international co-operation in science.

The collection contains correspondence between Schuster and many of the leading scientists of the period, such as Lord Rutherford. Correspondence with Sir Robert Falcon Scott and the meteorologist Sir George Clarke Simpson concerns Scott’s last, ill-fated Antarctic Expedition.

There are also copies of working papers, lecture notes and reports, and copies of Schuster’s numerous published papers reflecting his diverse interests.

The collection has major significance for studies of the history of physics teaching and research.

Finding aids

Unpublished handlist.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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