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Records of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity, 1987 - 1998

 Fonds — Container: IRCS
Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/IRCS

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Management Group:

The category - Teaching, learning and research records - comprises records relating to curriculum delivery and examination, further research and the award of degrees; also such adjuncts to study as laboratories, the Botanic Garden and University Library.


  • 1987 - 1998


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Biographical / Historical

The Centre was formally established in 1988, funded by the Science and Engineering Research Council for an initial six year period, to carry out research into superconducting materials and their electronics applications. Staff from the following departments were involved in its research work: Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Physics, Earth Sciences. Managerially, the Centre was independent of any department, but part of the School of the Physical Sciences. The Centre was housed on the Cavendish Laboratory site in west Cambridge; until August 1991, in part of the Bragg Building and thereafter in a new build. A further three year grant was awarded in 1995 following a six year review. With the ending of SERC funding in 1998, the Centre ceased to exist as an independent institution within the University. Thereafter, the superconductivity building and its research projects were administered by the Department of Physics, though with continued interdisciplinary input and under the guidance of an Interdisciplinary Committee.


1.5 linear metre(s) : paper; photograph

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred by Mr Doug Astil, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, on 19 July 2005.


The online catalogue was completed in December 2005.


Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity

Finding aid date

2005-11-21 17:17:21+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom