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Biographical, 1933-1988

MS. Eng. c. 2643
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Folders H.1-H.3: Biographical and bibliographical.

Folder H.1. Richards's summary of his contribution to British chemistry written at the request of N.N. Greenwood for a book on contemporary British chemists, January 1969.

Autobiographical account for McGraw-Hill Modern Scientists and Engineers, January 1979. Ms. draft and typescript copy, with published version sent to Richards, 19 December 1980.

Folder H.2. 'Distinguished academic takes over as director'. Profile of Richards in Unilever Magazine written upon his appointment as director of Leverhulme Trust, 1985.

Interview with Richards for International Analyst, November 1987.

Folders H.5-H.23, H.25-H.26: Career, honours and awards.

Folder H.5. Colyton Grammar School reports and examination certificates, 1933-1941.

Folder H.6. St. John's College, Oxford:

Notification of the award of Exhibition in Natural Science, ?1941.

Matriculation certificate, January 1942.

Letter from C. Norwood, 15 January 1945, informing Richards that H.W. Thompson had proposed the rank of Honorary Scholar for him. Unfortunately since Richards had already taken his BA he was ineligible for the honour.

Folder H.7. Home Guard service certificate. Richards served in the Home Guard June 1940 - December 1944.

Folder H.8. Notice regarding confirmation of Richards's election to Official Fellowship [of Lincoln College Oxford], 8 October 1947.

Invitation to the marriage of Richards and Miss Eva Vago, Lincoln College Chapel, 2 July 1948.

Letter from Rector of Lincoln College, 22 June 1950, regarding payment and teaching duties of Richards at Lincoln.

Folder H.9. Offers of posts:

Harvard (Associate Professorship), 1956. Richards was a visiting Research Fellow at Harvard in 1955.

University College Swansea (Professorship), 1956.

Folder H.10. Letter from C.N. Hinshelwood expressing his delight that Richards had been nominated by the Council for election to the Royal Society, 6 March 1959.

Notification of Richards's election to Dr Lee's Chair of Chemistry, Oxford, 30 April 1963.

Notification of Richards's election to Honorary Fellowship of Lincoln College, 7 March 1968.

Folders H.11-H.14: Merton College, Oxford.

Richards was appointed Warden of Merton College in 1969. He retired at the end of September 1984 to take up the Directorship of the Leverhulme Trust. For the period 1977-1981 he also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Folder H.11. 1969. Letter from Richards agreeing to be considered as a candidate for the Wardenship, 9 March 1969, letters of congratulation with Richards's replies, note from E.J. Bowen with 'two facts about Merton you may be able to use sometime'.

Folder H.12. 1971-1977. 1976 item relates to 'Vice-Chancellorship arrangements'.

Folder H.13. 1983. Letters expressing regret at Richards's decision to resign in 1984 and congratulating him on his new post.

Folder H.14. 1984. Includes material regarding the visit of the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to Merton, 5 March. Their son was studying at the College.

Folder H.15. Election to Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, December 1970. Notification of election, certificate of Fellowship, etc.

Folder H.16. Exeter University.

Letter regarding Richards's Honorary D.Sc., 4 June 1975.

Material regarding Richards's installation as Chancellor of the University, 26 April 1982.

Folder H.17. Davy Medal, 1976. Richards was awarded the Royal Society's Davy Medal 'for his outstanding contributions to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy'. Notice, letters of congratulation.

>Knighthood, 1977. Letters of congratulation.

Folder H.18. Invitations to consider various university appointments:

Edinburgh University (Principal), May 1978.

University College London (Provost), August 1978.

London University (Vice-Chancellor), March 1981.

H.19. Trustee of National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Confirmation of appointment, May 1980; extension of term of office for one year, February 1983; letter of thanks for serving, 2 July 1984.

H.20. Trustee of the Tate Gallery and National Gallery.

Richards was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery for a seven year term from May 1982. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery as a Tate representative. Richards resigned from the Tate in 1988 but was re-appointed as a Trustee of the National Gallery for five years from November 1988.

Correspondence, 1982, 1988.

Folder H.21. Medal of Honour of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universit├Ąt, Bonn, 1983. Programme for the award ceremony.

Letter from the Prime Minister, 17 September 1983, thanking Richards for his contribution to a seminar on Science, Technology and Industry.

Honorary D.Sc. University of Leeds, 1984. Presentation addresses, guest list, Richards's reply to his citation.

Folder H.22. Royal Medal 1986. Richards was awarded the Royal Society's Royal Medal 'in recognition of his contributions to the development of nuclear magnetic resonance'.

Honorary Sc.D. Cambridge University, 1987. Programme of order of proceedings and speeches of the orator, luncheon menus.

H.23. Offer of Presidency of Oxford Society London Branch, 1988 (declined).

Folders H.25-H.26. Press-cuttings.


  • Creation: 1933-1988


24 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 2643

Former reference:

NCUACS 12/5/89/H.1-3; H.5-23; H.25-26

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