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Postwar papers and reports, 1945-1986, n.d.

MS. Eng. c. 2394
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Reports, suggestions and plans by Kendrew on specific OR matters and on the organisation of government science.

Operational research.

Folder B.48. "Notes on a project for the compilation of a comprehensive manual of bombing data ...", 16 May 1945 written during Kendrew's visit to Washington on his way back from SEAC, with correspondence August 1945.

Folder B.49. "Operational research in RAF Commands", December 1945 with a note "written for the Joint Sciences Committee, A.Sc.W" [Association of Scientific Workers].

Organisation of Science

Folder B.50. "Notes on the national organization of science", August 1945.

Folder B.51. Ideas on government science, and on own career, in the form of a letter to C. Gordon (Air Ministry), August 1945.

Folder B.52. "On the application of mechanical indexing systems to the Central Register" (of scientific manpower) September 1945. Included here is an example of a punched card for aircraft patrol report, designed by Kendrew, probably at an early stage of his war service.

Folder B.53. "The post-war strength of scientific staffs in the defence ministries, and its relation to post-war staffing of government research generally", n.d.

History of Operational Research: Correspondence, Papers, Drafts

Folder B.54. Correspondence with official historian of early ASV, including Kendrew's recollections and comments on his own OR work in Coastal Command and Middle East.

Folder B.55. "Wise remarks on OR", notes for a talk or article, part in short-hand which Kendrew taught himself during the war, n.d.

Folder B.56. Kendrew's review (for Endeavour) of A.P. Rowe's One story of radar, 1948.

Folder B.57. "Operational Research". Part-typed, part manuscript draft for extensive 14 pp. article requested for Science and Mankind, the journal of the World Federation of Scientific Workers, but not submitted because it was thought unlikely to obtain security clearance. Includes correspondence 1948-1949.

Folder B.58. Proposed research project on OR, 1974.

Folder B.59. Brief correspondence on commemorative lunch for 50th anniversary of OR in RAF, 1986.

Folder B.60. "The air-sea war in the Mediterranean January 1942 - May 1943", an ORS ME report, no author, date, or number, with a note by Kendrew "Unpublished draft".


  • Creation: 1945-1986, n.d.


13 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 2394

Former reference:

NCUACS 11/4/89/B.48-60

Repository Details

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