Scope and Contents
This collection consists solely of Feather's scientific papers and contains original experimental records and calculations, correspondence with other scientists, unpublished wartime reports and offprints of published papers.
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 1-46, Acc.660/1-4 and most of Acc.1505 are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.
Biographical / Historical
Norman Feather was born in Crimsworth, Yorkshire, 16 November 1904. In 1932 he married Kathleen Grace Burke and they had one son and twin daughters.
Feather attended Trinity College, Cambridge and became a Fellow of the college 1929-1933. He was an Associate in Physics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1929-1930. He was a University Demonstrator in Physics at Cambridge University, 1933-1935, a Leverhulme Fellow and Lecturer, at the University of Liverpool, 1935-1936, and Cambridge University Lecturer in Physics, 1936-1945. Feather was then Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh until 1975. Professor Feather died 14 August 1978.
Professor Feather's publications include: "An Introduction to Nuclear Physics" (pub. 1936), "Lord Rutherford" (pub. 1940), "Nuclear Stability Rules" (pub. 1952), "An Introduction to the Physics of Mass, Length and Time" (pub. 1959), "An Introduction to the Physics of Vibrations and Waves" (pub. 1961), "Electricity and Matter: an introductory survey" (pub. 1968), "Matter and Motion" (pub. 1970) and numerous papers on radioactivity and nuclear physics.