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Stokes: the papers of George Gabriel Stokes

Reference Code: GBR/1058/STO

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection is made up of a series of addresses sent to Stokes upon the occasion of his Jubilee as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1829 - 2020


Biographical / Historical

Stokes was born in Ireland in 1819 and came up to Pembroke in 1837. He was then elected to a Fellowship from 1841. He vacated his Fellowship on his marraige on 4 July 1857. He was re-elected on 22 May 1867 after Fellows were allowed to be married. He was elected Master in 1902 just a few months before his death in 1903. He also held the Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge from 1849, as well as being President of the Royal Society (1885-1890) and Member of Parliament for the University (1887-1892). In July 1889 Queen Victoria created him the Baronet Stokes of Lensfield Cottage. He died in February 1903 and he was buried in the Mill Road Cemetry next to his wife and near his children.


0.12 cubic metre(s)

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Custodial History

These papers were formerly part of the Pembrochiana series of the College Archives. In January 2021 they were moved to form their own standalone collection.

Related Materials

Further material relating to Stokes is held by Cambridge University Library, reference Add. MS 7656.

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Revision Statements

  • 21/07/2023: Update to GBR/1058/STO/5/2/76
  • 04/10/2023: Note of conservation work to GBR/1058/STO/5/2/56

Repository Details

Part of the Pembroke College Library Repository

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