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The Papers of Geoffrey J. Gollin

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GOLN

Scope and Contents

These papers fall into three sections. Firstly there are the memoranda, calculations and diagrams relating to work for Frank Whittle. Secondly, there are papers from the experiments carried out on the Shell rocket. Finally, there is the typescript of a lecture by Gollin on the development of the shell rocket.


  • Creation: 1938 - 1979

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 holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Geoffrey Gollin was born 11 May 1901. In 1938 he married Mary West and they had two daughters and two sons. From 1922 Gollin worked on diesel engines for English Electric but in 1926 joined what later became Shell Petroleum Company. Prior to World War II he worked on the development of combustion systems for the Whittle jet engine, 1937-1939. Gollin was assistant on a team led by Isaac Lubbock at Shell which developed a rocket. By 1942 a full-scale rocket was being tested at the Ministry of Supply Weapons Research Station at Langhurst. When possible rockets were sighted in Germany Gollin was recruited to investigate a test site at Blizna in Poland. Gollin died 11 August 1992.


6 file(s)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and a copy of the catalogue is available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Geoffrey Gollin deposited two boxes of papers at Churchill Archives Centre in July 1979 and a further two items in 1980.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue of the papers was compiled by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in July 2005 using information from the original catalogue (1980).


Gollin, Geoffrey Joseph, 1901-1992, physicist, engineer

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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