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Cosslett Associated Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0014/COSS AS

Scope and Contents

Drawings relating to the construction of the first UK high voltage transmission electron microscope at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.


  • Creation: 1960 - 1964


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are 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

Cosslett was born in Cirencester in June 1908, the son of Edgar William Cosslett and Anne Cosslett (née Williams). He was awarded a PhD at Bristol University in 1932, and was then appointed a Research Fellow at Bristol, 1932-5; Lecturer in Science, Faraday House, London, 1935-9; research (part-time) at Birkbeck College, London, 1936-9; Keddey-Fletcher-Warr Research Fellow of London University (at Oxford), 1939-41; and Lecturer in Physics, Electrical Laboratory, Oxford University, 1941-6.

The majority of his career, however was spent at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and he was appointed successively: ICI Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, 1946-49; Lecturer in Physics, University of Cambridge, 1949-65, Reader in Electron Physics, University of Cambridge, 1965-75, and then Emeritus. He was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from 1963.

He was a founder member of the International Federation of Electron Microscope Societies, and its President from 1972-5. He was also President of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Vice-President of the Institute of Physics. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972 and received its Royal Medal in 1979.

He published "Introduction to Electron Optics", 1946 (1951); "Practical Electron Microscopy", 1951; "X-ray Microscopy" (with W. C. Nixon), 1960; and "Modern Microscopy", 1966.

He died in November 1990.


89 item(s) (89 plans)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Professor Ugo Valdre in June 2015.

Related Materials

See also the Cosslett Papers, GBR 0014/COSS.


This collection level description was prepared by Katharine Thomson in July 2015 using biographical information from Who Was Who 1897-1996 (A and C Black).


Cosslett, Vernon Ellis, 1908-1990, electron microscopist

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