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The Papers of Sir Charles Frederick Goodeve

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GOEV

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising of articles, lectures, correspondence, a diary, research notes, press cuttings, photographs and microfilm.


  • 1920 - 1981

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Charles Frederick Goodeve was born in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada, 21 February 1904, the son of Frederick William Goodeve and Emma Hand. He was educated at Kelvin High School, Winnipeg; Manitoba University, 1919-25; and University College, London. He married Janet Wallace, 1932, with whom he had two sons.

He was an Assistant Lecturer at Manitoba University, 1925-7; and Assistant Lecturer, 1928-30, Lecturer, 1930-8, and Reader, 1938-45, in Physical Chemistry at University College, London. He served with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserves, 1922-7, and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, 1927-39. He was appointed to HMS Vernon to work on counter measures to German magnetic mines, 1939-40. He was Deputy Director of the Department of Miscellaneous Weapon Development, 1940-2, and Deputy Controller of Research and Development, 1942-5, at the Admiralty. He was Director of the British Iron and Steel Research Association, 1946-69; Chairman of the Operations Research Club, 1947-51; an adviser to the British Transport Commission, 1948-58; Vice-President of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, 1950-62; and a member of the Lord President's Advisory Committee on Scientific Policy, 1953-6. He retired in 1969.

He was awarded the OBE, 1941, and a knighthood, 1946. He was a governor of Imperial College, London, 1961-73.

He died on 7 April 1980.


40 archive box(es)




Much of Charles Goodeve's original arrangement of the papers has been preserved.

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 Lady Goodeve, 1982.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges at Churchill Archives Centre, July 2004. The collection was catalogued by Marion Stewart, 1982. Biographical information was obtained from "Who Was Who 1897-1996" (A and C Black) and F. D. Richardson, "Charles Frederick Goodeve 1904-1980" in "Biographical Memoirs of the Fellows of the Royal Society" volume 27 (1981).


Goodeve, Sir Charles Frederick, 1904-1980, Knight, chemist
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.