Papers of William Mitchell

Sir Edgar William (Bill) John Mitchell CBE FRS (1925-2002) was Head of the Physics Department at the University of Reading from 1968 to 1978. He later became Dean of the Faculty of Science (1966-1969) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (1976-1978). His research interests included the study of defects in crystalline solids, such as semiconductors, quartz and diamond, and the study of various aspects of laser and condensed matter physics.

The collection covers the period 1944-2002, and includes biographical information, papers relating to teaching at the University of Reading and Oxford University, research records (particularly relating to diamond research), records of publications, lectures and broadcasts, and documents relating to societies and organisations such as the CERN Council and the Science Research Council (SRC)/Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC). There is also an index of correspondents.

There are also significant accumulations of materials relating to De Beers sponsored diamond research in the archives of Mitchell's Reading colleague R.W. Ditchburn, also held at the University of Reading Special Collections, and in the archives of Sir Charles Frank, deposited in Bristol University Library. 

More information

  • Printed catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Sir Edgar William John Mitchell CBE FRS (1925-2002), NCUACS catalogue no. 160/3/08, 66 pp. Copies available from National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath.
  • A full description is available on our online database
  • Manuscript number MS 5343
science & hisory of science, University of Reading correspondence, personal papers, other archives/mss mitchell william

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