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George Burkhardt Papers

Date range: c.1924–67.

George Norman Burkhardt (1900–91) spent some fifty years at the University of Manchester as a student and member of staff.1

He was Senior Lecturer in Chemistry from 1934 until 1967, and retired in 1968 as Dean of the Faculty of Science. He was also a president of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.

Burkhardt was for many years devoted to the cause of scientific education in Manchester and his papers illuminate the teaching of science in universities. They comprise typescript copies of Manchester University chemistry theses, typescript and manuscript copies of works on chemistry by Burkhardt and others, correspondence, notes on chemistry by Burkhardt, copies of Burkhardt’s publications,  papers of the Manchester Joint Research Council which promoted liaison between science and industry, 1944–67, printed materials relating to chemistry, and material on several other aspects of education and the study of science in general.

In 2001 a substantial quantity of additional material was received, comprising Burkhardt’s lecture notes, laboratory notebooks, examination papers, correspondence and research papers.

1Obituary of George Burkhardt in the Guardian, 27 August 1991, p. 29.

Finding aids

Unpublished handlist.


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