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St Bartholomew's Hospital papers, 1916 - 2002

Reference Code: GBR/0014/RTBT 3

Scope and Contents

The papers present a comprehensive record of Rotblat’s career at the Medical College, covering his teaching and departmental roles as well as his wider participation in the University of London’s educational policies. His teaching responsibilities are represented by a substantial quantity of manuscript lecture notes (for MB courses and postgraduate courses in physics and radiobiology), covering almost all his years at the Medical College. There is much material relating to the organisation and planning of courses and some papers concerning the Medical College’s educational policy in the early 1960s. In addition, there are papers documenting his role as a University of London examiner and as an external examiner for PhD candidates at other institutions. Concerning the laboratory and project spheres of his work, the planning, implementation (in 1955) and use of the Linear Accelerator are covered extensively and papers relating to research grant applications, equipment and building development are also found. A separate group of papers documents the development of radiobiology at the Medical College from 1959 and the protracted deliberations over the future of the Radiobiology Unit. Rotblat’s work for a number of Medical College and University of London committees and boards is well represented; there is also his correspondence with the Dean and the Secretary of the Medical College from periods in the 1960s and 1970s.

An unexpected find was a group of papers and correspondence of F.L. Hopwood, Rotblat’s predecessor as Professor of Physics at Barts, which is included in this section. Among these papers are a 1916 notebook giving accounts of scientific experiments carried out by Hopwood and of general activities; drafts of scientific papers and lecture material; papers relating to a planned cyclotron and linear accelerator (1930s and 1940s); and brief correspondence with scientists such as J.J. Thomson, W.H. Bragg and E. Rutherford, 1926-1954.


  • 1916 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Biographical / Historical

Rotblat became Professor of Physics at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in 1950. He held the post until his retirement in 1976 when he took the title of Emeritus Professor. His research in medical physics, principally in collaboration with his friend and colleague Patricia J. Lindop, included pioneering work in developing new linear accelerators. Rotblat was heavily involved with College policy-making and administration and held wider responsibilities as a member of University of London Boards of Studies. His participation in some of these bodies continued after his retirement. He expanded medical physics and radiobiology teaching at the College and instituted the MSc in Radiation Physics in 1956. A Radiobiology Unit was established under his supervision.


27 archive box(es)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Related Materials

See also RTBT 11/1/2/70.


In this section of the Rotblat papers the units of production do not correspond directly to the units of description, e.g. where something is described as a 'folder', this means a bundle of papers enclosed in a fold of acid-free paper. Several of these 'folders' form part of each 'file' or 'unit of production'.

Finding aid date

2012-12-06 09:38:31+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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