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The Papers of Professor Norman Feather

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FEAT

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scientific papers and contains original experimental records and calculations, correspondence with other scientists, unpublished wartime reports and offprints of published papers.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1978

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.

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

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.


72 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



The papers, in boxes 1-46, have been listed by box and there is considerable overlap of subject matter between boxes.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid and a partial paper catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

After Professor Feather's death, his colleague, Dr David Vass, Department of Physics, University of Edinburgh, sorted Professor Feather's papers from his books (bequeathed to Edinburgh University Library) and they were brought to Churchill Archives Centre in four batches: boxes 1-30 (1982); boxes 31-46 (1984); approximately 24 more boxes in 1985; and 2 boxes in 2009.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2004 using the information from the original 1984 catalogue. Additional information was obtained from "Who Was Who, 1897 - 1996" (A&C Black). A small accession was added by Sophie Bridges, October 2009.


Feather, Norman, 1904-1978, Professor, physicist

2004-05-27 10:35:27.450000+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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