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The Papers of Alfred Maddock

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MADD

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to wartime nuclear research.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1957

Conditions Governing Access

A file of correspondence and papers about the design of nuclear reactors, 1945-8 (MADD 1/8), is closed. The rest of 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

Alfred Gavin Maddock was born in Bedford Park, London in 1917. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith and the Royal College of Science, part of Imperial College, London University, where he studied chemistry. He gained a PhD for work on silicon hydrides in 1942.

In 1941, he was working with a group of French scientists who had escaped from Paris at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. He moved, in 1943, to the Montreal Laboratory in Canada, where he was involved in the design of the nuclear reactor at Chalk River in Ontario. He returned to Britain to work at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, 1945-6, where he helped design the new Radiochemical Laboratory. He then returned to the University of Cambridge, where he was based for the rest of his career, becoming a Reader in Radiation Chemistry, from 1960. He was a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and the President of that College, from 1981.

The Royal Society of Chemistry awarded him the Becquerel Medal in 1996.

He died in Cambridge on 5 April 2009.


2 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred to Churchill Archives Centre by Alfred Maddock, June 1987.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King at Churchill Archives Centre, June 2003. The collection was catalogued by Sophie Bridges, December 2018.

Date information

DateText: 1941-1948, 1957-1964.


Maddock, Alfred Gavin, 1917-2009, radiochemist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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