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The Papers of Rhys Probert

Reference Code: GBR/0014/PROB

Scope and Contents

The material at Churchill Archives Centre comprises a complete run of Probert's official correspondence and also associated papers and publications.


  • Creation: 1943 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

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

Rhys Probert was born 28 May 1921, the son of the Reverend Thomas and Margaret Jane Probert. He was educated firstly at Jones' West Monmouth School, then at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

From 1942-1944, Probert worked at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He moved to Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd in 1944, staying until 1946, when he spent a brief time at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, from 1946-1947. Probert joined the National Gas Turbine Establishment in 1947 and remained there until 1963 (as Deputy Director after 1957). Between 1963 and 1968 he worked as Director-General of Scientific Research/Air, Ministry of Aviation, then from 1968-1972 was Deputy Controller of Aircraft A, at the Ministry of Technology, later the Ministry of Defence. Probert ended his career by returning to the Royal Aircraft Establishment, firstly as Director, from 1973, and then as President from 1979-1980.

In 1947 he married Carolyn Cleasby, of Lancaster, NH, USA; they had three sons and one daughter.

Awards: CB 1972. FEng 1978.

Publications: contributions to various scientific and technical journals.


12 archive box(es) : paper

Language of Materials



The papers are arranged by correspondence, split between Probert's different positions, and also into notes and papers, and publications and lectures.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited by David Probert in 1994.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue of the papers was compiled by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in August 2001. Information obtained from Rhys Probert's entry in Who Was Who 1897-1996 (A and C Black).

Date information

DateText: Probert's correspondence runs from 1958-1980, and his papers and publications from 1943-1979.


Probert, Rhys Price, 1921-1980, aeronautical engineer

2001-09-03 15:31:20+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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