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The Papers of Sir John McGregor Hill

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HILL

Scope and Contents

Scientific correspondence and papers, mainly on nuclear power.
The collection is divided into three sections:
Section A: Biographical
Section B: Publications, Speeches and Lectures
Section C: Correspondence


  • Creation: 1946 - 1994


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 holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

John McGregor Hill was born on 21 February 1921 in Chester, the son of John Campbell Hill and Margaret Elizabeth Park.

Hill was educated at Richmond County Grammar School, King's College, London and St John's College, Cambridge. In 1947 he married Nora Eileen Hellet with whom he has two sons and one daughter.

Between 1941-1946 Hill served as a flight lieutenant in the RAF to work on radar. Upon leaving the RAF Hill completed his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and in 1948 he began lecturing in physics at London University. In 1950 Hill joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority [UKAEA], during his time at UKAEA Hill served on the board as Member for Production, 1964-1967 before being promoted to Chairman, a role he retained from 1967- 1981.

Alongside working at UKAEA, from 1968-1970, Hill served as a member of the Advisory Council on Technology. He also served on the Nuclear Power Advisory Board from 1973-1981, the Energy Commission, 1977-1979 and President British Nuclear Forum, 1984-1992.


11 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid and box lists to part of the collection are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Former/other reference

NCUACS 82.3.99 (National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists)


This catalogue was originally compiled by Nicola L. Ashbridge and Timothy E. Powell of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists (NCUACS).

This collection level description was prepared by Natasha Swainston, July 2017, using biographical information from Who's Who and the existing catalogue.


Hill, Sir John McGregor, 1921-2008, Knight, nuclear physicist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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