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The Papers of Thomas Allibone

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ALIB

Scope and Contents

The papers include: scrapbooks on Allibone's career; correspondence; published journals; research publications for Associated Electrical Industries; photographs.


  • Creation: 1915-08 - 2001-08


Conditions Governing Access

Closed until catalogued.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Allibone was born on 11 November 1903, the son of Henry J. Allibone. He was educated at Central School, Sheffield (Birley Scholar), the University of Sheffield (Linley Scholar; PhD; DSc) and Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (Wollaston Scholar). In 1931 he married Dorothy Margery Boulden, LRAM, ARCM (d 2001), having two daughters.

Allibone's career included: 1851 Exhibition Senior Student, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 1926-30; head of the High-Voltage Laboratory, Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Manchester, 1930-46; Director of the Research Laboratory, Associated Electrical Industries (AEI), Aldermaston, 1946-63 and AEI (Woolwich) Limited, 1948-63; Scientific Adviser, AEI, 1963; Chief Scientist, Central Electricity Generating Board, 1963-70.

Allibone was also a member of the British Mission on Atomic Energy to Berkeley, California and Oakridge, Tennessee [United States], 1944-45 and Chairman of the Research Committee, British Electrical and Allied Industries Research Association, 1955-62. He was President of Section A, British Association, 1958, EIBA, 1958-59, and the Institute of Information Scientists, 1964-67, and Vice-President of the Institute of Physics, 1948-52, and of the Royal Institution, 1955-57 and 1970-72.

Allibone's lectures included: Faraday, 1946, 1956; Royal Institution Christmas, 1959; William Menelaus, 1959; Bernard Price, 1959; Trotter Patterson, 1963; Fison Memorial, 1963; Royal Society Rutherford Memorial, 1964 and 1972; Baird Memorial, 1967; Melchett, 1970. His publications include: The Release and Use of Nuclear Energy, 1961; Rutherford: Father of Nuclear Energy (Rutherford Lecture 1972), 1973; The Royal Society and its Dining Clubs, 1975; Lightning: the long spark, 1977; Cockcroft and the Atom, 1983; Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company and the Cavendish Laboratory, 1984; The Making of Physicists, 1987; papers on high voltage and transient electrical phenomena, fission and fusion.

Thomas Allibone died on 9 September 2003.


25 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Adrian Morrish in December 2013.


This collection level description was prepared by Katharine Thomson in January 2015 using information from Who Was Who 1897-1996 (A and C Black) and Allibone's obituary.


Allibone, Thomas Edward, 1903-2003, physicist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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