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The Papers of Professor Nicholas Kemmer

Reference Code: GBR/0014/KEMM

Scope and Contents

The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre includes Kemmer's personal and scientific papers.


  • Creation: 1938 - 1988

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

Nicholas Kemmer was born in St Petersburg on 7 December 1911, the only son of late Nicholas P. Kemmer and of Barbara Kemmer (née Stutzer; later Mrs Barbara Classen). In 1922 Kemmer's family settled in Germany and he was educated in Hanover at the Bismarckschule and then at the University of Göttingen. From 1932-1936 Kemmer conducted doctoral research in theoretical physics at the University of Zurich and was then appointed to the Beit Fellowship at Imperial College London.

During the Second World War, Kemmer went to Cambridge (in 1940) to take part in the wartime atomic energy project and in 1944 this work took him to Canada for two years. In 1946 he returned to Cambridge, initially as a Fellow of Trinity College and subsequently as Stokes Lecturer. There he met his future wife, Margaret whom he married in 1947 and with whom he had two sons and one daughter. Kemmer was the Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh from 1953-79, then Professor Emeritus. He died on 21 October 1998.


6 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the finding aid to this collection are available in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in two stages: in 1995 by Professor Kemmer and then in 2000 by his widow.


The collection was box listed in 2001. This collection level description was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in July 2004 using information from Kemmer's entry in Who Was Who (A & C Black) and an obituary of him by Professor Peter Higgs on the University of Edinburgh's website.


Kemmer, Nicholas, 1911-1998, Professor of Mathematical Physics

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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