Hartree, Douglas Rayner, 1897-1958 (scientist)
- Existence: 1897 - 1958
Douglas Rayner Hartree (1897-1958), scientist, was born on 27 March 1897 in Cambridge, and educated at Bedales School. In 1915 he entered St John's College, Cambridge, but after a year abandoned his studies to work in a team developing the new science of anti-aircraft gunnery. After the First World War he completed his university courses, and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1926. He was elected fellow of St John's (1924-1927) and of Christ's College (1928-1929), before being appointed to the chair of applied mathematics (1929-1937) and of theoretical physics (1937-1945) at the University of Manchester. In 1946 he became Plummer professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge, a chair which he held until his death, and was again a fellow of Christ's. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1932.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Four folders of handwritten calculations, c. 1930s: Schubaurer's Ellipse - 0.2 to 0.4, 0.4 to 1.0, 1.0 to 1.8, and 1.8 to 2.0. Loose items: a letter from L.J. Comrie to Hartree, 17 September 1937, discussing a calculation; a letter from Bertha Jeffreys, Lady Jeffreys, to A.E.B. Owen, 5 December 1986, forwarding a letter from Prof. L. Howarth of Bristol, confirming that the papers were likely to be those of Hartree, and citing his publications on these experiments.