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Bernal, John Desmond, 1901-1971 (crystallographer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1901 - 1971

Biography

John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971) was born on 10 May 1901. He attended Cambridge University, 1919-1923, before working in the Davy Faraday Laboratory, London, 1923-1927. He was appointed Lecturer in Structural Crystallography at Cambridge in 1927, and Assistant Director of Research in Crystallography, Cambridge, 1934. He was made Professor of Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, in January 1938. During the War Bernal worked in the Ministry of Security, as a member of the Civil Defence Research Committee, 1939; at Bomber Command, 1941; and in Combined Operations, April 1942. He returned to Birkbeck in 1945, and carried out research at the Davy Faraday Laboratory, before working at the Biomolecular Research Laboratory, Torrington Square, opened in 1948. He was made Professor of Crystallography at Birkbeck College in September 1963. Bernal retired from Birkbeck in 1968, and died on 15 September 1971.

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

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Collection of correspondence 'about essentiality of the necessary precondition of Gk geometry for Galilean Revolution', 1957 - 1961

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/338/10
Scope and Contents The documents comprise a letter from Prof. J. D. Bernal of Birkbeck College, University of London, about the conditions which led to the development of Greek geometry and Chinese mathematics, (18 February 1957); copy of Joseph Needham's reply to Bernal, (19 March 1957); letter from Jerry Ravets of Leeds, about conditions for the development of mathematics, (4 February 1957).The correspondence is grouped together by a Joseph Needham note stating 'Important points raised by Derek Price,...
Dates: 1957 - 1961
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Copy of a review by J. D. Bernal published in 'Humanist', 1967-01

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC5/4/5/38
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Many of the reviews came to Joseph Needham via Cambridge University Press and are accompanied by an explanatory compliments slip.

Dates: 1967-01
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Copy of 'The Humanist' (1962, 77, No. 12) containing a review by J. D. Bernal, 1962-12

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC5/4/4/17
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Many of the reviews came to Joseph Needham via Cambridge University Press and are accompanied by an explanatory compliments slip.

Dates: 1962-12
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Copy of the two part review by J. D. Bernal published in 'The Humanist', February 1957, 1957-02

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC5/4/2/26
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Many of the reviews came to Joseph Needham via Cambridge University Press and are accompanied by an explanatory compliments slip.

Dates: 1957-02
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Cutting of a review by J. D. Bernal published in the 'Literary Guide', 1954-11

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC5/4/1/16
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Many of the reviews came to Joseph Needham via Cambridge University Press and are accompanied by an explanatory compliments slip.

Dates: 1954-11
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Discussion of 'Science in China' at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, 19 October 1955, 1955-10

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/NRI2/1/1/21
Scope and Contents

The discussion was between the three scientists, Joseph Needham, Prof J. D. Bernal and Professor Kathleen Lonsdale. The documents comprise notices of the event and notes.

Dates: 1955-10
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Envelope containing a photograph bequeathed by J. D. Bernal, showing composting in China, 1950 - 1975

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/332/3/9
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

These documents correspond to section Bd7 on the list catalogued as SCC2/330/1.

Dates: 1950 - 1975
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Joseph Needham's note of a comment by Desmond [Bernal?] during dinner at Balzar, about the '莊子 [Chuang-Tzu / Zhuangzi] relativity', 1947-03-14

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/41/1/17
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds:

This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.

Dates: 1947-03-14
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Letter from the Secretary of J. D. Bernal of Birbeck College Research Laboratory, London asking Joseph Needham to comment on a chapter of his proposed book 'Science in History' and related documents, 1950-01-17 - 1950-02-08

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/16/91
Scope and Contents

The related documents include copy of Joseph Needham's letter of reply to Bernal; Joseph Needham's typescript and manuscript notes following his study of the chapter.

Dates: 1950-01-17 - 1950-02-08
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Note from Desmond Bernal about the meaning of the term 'a Chinese copy', 1956-02-17

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Reference Code: GBR/1928/NRI/SCC2/96/3/9
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Fonds:

This series contains files on each topic set out in Joseph Needham's grand plan for 'Science and Civilisation in China'.

Dates: 1956-02-17