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The papers of Hugh Clausen

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CLSN

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising official reports, articles, lectures, correspondence and press cuttings


  • Creation: 1909 - 1972

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh Clausen was born in 1888, the son of George Clausen and Agnes Webster. He was educated at Newport Free Grammar School, Essex, 1900-5; the School of Engineering at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London, 1905-7; and the City and Guilds College, South Kensington, 1912-13.

He was employed as an apprentice, 1907-9, and on the technical staff, 1909-12, at Siemens Bros Dynamo Works in Stafford. He joined Kincaid, Waller and Dawson as an engineer, 1913-14. He served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1914-18. He was a Lieutenant in HMS Benbow on a special appointment for Fleet Fire Control, 1919. He joined the Admiralty, where he worked in the Low Power Section, under the Director of Torpedoes and Mining, on design of naval fire control gear, 1920-36. He was Chief Technical Adviser, from 1936, and worked at the Admiralty Research Laboratory in Teddington, 1938-40, and the Naval Ordnance Department in Bath, from 1940.

He retired in 1953. After retirement, he acted as an engineering design consultant and wrote and lectured on engineering matters. He died on 19 January 1972.

He was awarded the OBE (military) during the First World War.


3 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Hugh Clausen, 1970 and 1972.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, May 2005. The papers were catalogued by Edwin Welch, 1971. Biographical information was obtained from Hugh Clausen's obituary in "The Times", 3 February 1972, and a curriculum vitae on the collection file.


Clausen, Hugh, 1888-1972, engineer

2005-05-24 10:14:00+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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